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Exploiting religion for political purposes has never been a good idea

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27.02.2020

Nothing is worse than having “scholars of the Pharaoh”, who employ religion in the service of politics in order to lend religious legitimacy to man-made political regimes. And there is nothing uglier than a scholar or a sheikh who issues religious opinions (“fatwas”) on a political basis, according to the diktats of the security services in his country and not according to the Divine teachings of the religion that he claims to embrace.

One of the Pharaoh’s scholars appeared on social networks recently with a religious fatwa prohibiting public chants in support of Al-Aqsa Mosque; the scholar also attacked Turkey and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He said that what a number of Turkish pilgrims did inside the Grand Mosque in Makkah, when they chanted support for Al-Aqsa and condemned the Israeli occupation, was nothing but a forbidden act.

The same sheikh has not issued any fatwas prohibiting the killing of innocent children and civilians in Yemen and Libya. He has not spoken about the detention of more than 60,000 Muslims in another Arab country or about the killing and dismemberment of a journalist by an allied state.

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