Inquiry at Al-Azhar for being Shia
By: Mohamed Ali
CAIRO, Egypt: Reports said that a female student at the Al-Azhar
College for Girls in Assiut is facing an investigation to ascertain if
she is a Shia Muslim or not.
According to state-affiliated news agency Al-Ahram Mahmoud Shehata,
dean of the college, confirmed that the student has been referred to
the legal affairs department adding that if she is found to be a Shia
then legal action will be taken against her.
Shehata also confirmed that the director of the girl’s dormitories
Magda Thabit has been relieved of her duties following complaints
filed by a number of students, reported Al-Ahram.
Malek Adly, a lawyer for the Egyptian Centre for Economic and Social
Rights, said that there is no law stating that this student, if found
to be Shia, could face legal action.
“Under the constitution the state has a responsibility to protect her.
We will see what happens,” he said. “We currently have a
fundamentalist government and institutions like these are allied with
them. The government has an Islamic project. What is this? I do not
know and I am a Muslim. It is just fundamentalism,” he added.
Doaa Aboul Nasr, a reporter in Assiut, told Daily News Egypt that the
investigation carried out by the college involved asking the accused
student to perform the ablutions for prayer and demonstrate how she
prays. Aboul Nasr reported that the girl acquiesced to their request.
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