Muslim scholars attempt to justify their unjustifiable suspension of Vatican talks

Sheikh Ahmed El-Tayeb, the grand imam of Cairo’s Al-Azhar University, and members of the university’s Islamic Research Center have attempted to justify their unjustifiable suspension of dialogue with the Vatican with the following statement:

‘”Pope Benedict’s repeated criticism of Islam and his unjustified claim that Copts are persecuted in Egypt and the Middle East were behind the suspension decision.’

Protect the Pope comment: It is shameful that Sheikh Ahmed El-Tayeb, the grand imam of Cairo’s Al-Azhar University, and other leading scholars of the Muslim world have put their name to a statement that denies the persecution of Christians in Egypt and the Middle-East. This statement is an absurd falsification of the truth, which the Copts of Egypt and Christians of the Middle East must be laughing to scorn.

6 comments to Muslim scholars attempt to justify their unjustifiable suspension of Vatican talks

  • Karla

    Do they honestly think that Copts are treated like fair citizens in Egypt? They should go and visit the areas in Egypt where Copts live and then repeat what they said about Copts not being persecuted. Pope Benedict has said for Christians ”to open their arms” to Muslim immigrants and to ”have dialogue” with Muslims.

    Pope Benedict has condemned the war in Iraq.

    Pope Benedict has constantly held out a hand of friendship to Muslims. Muslims should see that we share common interested, just like when the Pope commented on the West’s materialism and secularism and a Muslim group, UCOII, agreed that the exclusion of God leads to the wrong life models. This is the sort of dialogue we need.

  • SpeSalvi23

    I have no illusion about any kind of fruitful dialogue with whatever section of Islam.
    Currently not possible.
    Especially since their leadership obviously lives in denial and likes to blame the outside world for terrorism committed in the name of islam.
    Common ground is rather tiny. In this case, I don’t think faith is enough to base solid, honest collaboration on.

    Which doesn’t mean we should stop inviting them to reasonable, honest, open dialogue, including asking for a true commitment to religious freedom!

  • Tim H

    I don’t disagee Karla, but the violence against the Copts is the immediate responsibity of the Eygyptian Government (not “muslims” either in general or as represented by a particular scholar). The long term soluation may be peace between Christians and Muslims, but the immediate solution requires the Eygptian police, courts etc to take action against the men of violence and to provide protection to the Copts.

    The Pope was completely right to critice Eygpt and he should continue to put pressure onto the Government of that country (both publically and via whatever unseen diplomatic channels at his disposal).

    Other countries including the UK (which has strong relatiosn with Egypt) need to put pressure on Egypt to protect the Copts too. I for one will be writting to my MP and MEP. (see to find yours)

    It does seem that the world at large is finally waking up to this problem (thanks in part to the Pope). So their may be some signs of hope. Organisations like Amnesty Internarional have recently taken up the issue.

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