Al-Azhar Mosque to begin English sessions on Islamic doctrine
Al Azhar mosque in Cairo, 10 March 2010/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

CAIRO: Al-Azhar Mosque in Old Cairo will begin a series of sessions in English to explain a book on the Islamic doctrine on Saturday following the midday prayer, Youm7 reported.

The program aims to maximize activities at Al-Azhar Mosque, established in 970, targeting non-Arabic speakers and new converts, said Mohamed Mehana, who supervises programs at the mosque.

The Mosque also provides translations of Friday sermons and some important lectures in different languages according to the targeted audience with available resources, Youm7 reported Mehanna as saying.

The institution of Al-Azhar, the most prestigious in the Islamic world, has embarked on a campaign to “correct” the image of Islam and impede the recruitment of young Muslims in Islamic countries and in the West by extremist groups.

In January 2014, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi Called on Al-Azhar to launch a “religious revolution” by reconsidering “old texts.”

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