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 Updated: February 24, 2016

Sheikh of Al Azhar calls for more tolerance between Shias and Sunnis

By: News Desk


JAKARTA, Indonesia: Dr Shaikh Ahmad Al Tayyeb, the Grand Imam of Al Azhar, on Monday urged more tolerance among different Islamic schools and doctrines, saying it was the best way to combat extremism. Speaking in Jakarta during a meeting of the Muslim Council of Elders and the Indonesian Council of Ulama, he said most of the wars taking place in Muslim countries today are a result of the sectarian divide.

"The greatest challenge in the Muslim world is that differences among Muslim doctrines are not tolerated and rather lead to violence. Education has contributed to this mistake," Dr Al Tayyeb said.

The Grand Imam of Al Azhar argued that to try to define a single and rigid Islam is a failure to understand the heterodoxy of the religion and the glory of the differences it encompasses.

"We have no objection to one believing in a school or doctrine, but no one can claim that he or she represents the true or authentic Islam," Dr Al Tayyeb said.

The Grand Imam of Al Azhar said he did not differentiate between Sunnis and Shias.

"All are Muslims unless any of them denies matters which every Muslim must know from Islam by necessity.

"The war that has destroyed Syria, Iraq and Yemen was caused by the Shia-Sunni divide," Dr Al Tayyeb said.

Dr Al Tayyeb said the erroneous beliefs some scholars espouse are passes on to school children. 


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