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86 Muslim scholars issue fatwa against Egypt’s steel wall
86 Muslim scholars issue fatwa against Egypt’s steel wall
[ 26/01/2010 - 06:36 PM ]

CAIRO, (PIC)-- 86 Muslim scholars on Monday issued a fatwa prohibiting the closure of the Rafah border crossing and the building of Egypt’s steel wall, stressing that the fatwa (religious edict) issued by Al-Azhar scholars regarding the wall is incorrect and religiously invalid.

In a statement signed by them, the scholars said that Egypt’s closure of Rafah crossing and its building of a steel wall on its borders with the impoverished Gaza Strip tighten the noose around the Muslim Arab people of Gaza in compliance with Zio-American dictates.

The scholars underlined that when Al-Azhar institution legalized the crime of building this wall, it turned against its noble message and fabricated an opinion beyond Islam.

They added that Al-Azhar fatwa was not based on research papers and was not discussed at length, noting that Al-Azhar institution did not invite all its members when it stated its opinion on the wall.

This fatwa, according to the scholars, is against the religious texts that oblige Muslims to support their brothers whose lands are occupied.

The signatories to the statement are Salahuddin Sultan, a professor of sharia science at Cairo university, Awad Al-Qarni, a noted Saudi scholar and academic, Dr. Ahmed Al-Raisuni, an expert at the international Islamic Fiqh academy, and a number of members of the international union of Muslim scholars.

In the same context, Dr. Aziz Dweik, the speaker of the Palestinian legislative council (PLC), strongly denounced Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak for blatantly vowing to continue the building of the steel wall along Gaza borders.

“Did not Mubarak say that he would not starve Gaza people? Does he intend through building this wall not to starve them as he said,” Dr. Dweik questioned in a statement to Al-Quds satellite channel.

Mubarak had lashed out in a speech on the anniversary of the Egyptian police day at all those who opposed the building of the wall and described it as an act of sovereignty.

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