We didn't broker deals to grant immunity to our Grand Imam: Al-Azhar

News article, posted 12.27.2012, from Egypt, in:
We didn't broker deals to grant immunity to our Grand Imam: Al-Azhar (Photo: Al Ahram)

Members representing the prestigious Al-Azhar in the Constituent Assembly have indirectly denied allegations made by Salafist preacher Yasser Borhami they brokered a deal with Islamists to make Al-Azhar’s Grand Imam Ahmed El-Tayeb immune from removal from his position in exchange for agreeing to Salafists' push to give sharia law a more dominating role in a new constitution.

During an emergency meeting on Monday, the delegation said that such allegations are nothing more than “fabrications.”

“The status of Al-Azhar and its Imam is above such accusations,” the delegation said.

“The truth is that we were fighting for the values of the nation, the rights of its citizens and the rights of equal citizenship for non-Muslims. We only asked them to respect Al-Azhar’s historical status and independence.”

In a video circulating on social media networks, Borhami, a member of the Constituent Assembly which wrote the draft constitution, could be seen apologising at length to a Salafist congregants at a conference last month, who deem the Grand Imam soft on sharia.

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