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« on: Mar 10, 2010 04:33 PM »


   
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Al-Azhar head dies in Saudi Arabia
 
Tantawi wrote a number of books, including a 15-volume interpretation of the Quran [AFP]
Sheikh Mohammed Sayed Tantawi, Sunni Islam's most senior religious figure, has died during a visit to Saudi Arabia.

The 82-year-old Egyptian, who had previously undergone heart surgery, suffered a heart attack as he boarded a flight early Wednesday morning, Egyptian television said.

He was admitted to the Amir Sultan hospital in Riyadh where doctors proclaimed him dead.

Tantawi - who headed al-Azhar, Sunni Islam's highest seat of learning -  was known for his controversial ban of the niqab, which he said had no basis in Islam.

He also wrote a number of books, including a 15-volume, 7,000-page encyclopedia on the interpretation of Quran.

His body is likely to be sent back to Cairo on Wednesday evening, local television said.

 Source:    Al Jazeera and agencies

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« Reply #1 on: Mar 10, 2010 08:33 PM »

Inna lillah wa inna ilaihi rajeoon. I hope they can find a new head of al-azhar that is knowledegable as well as a visionary.
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« Reply #2 on: Mar 15, 2010 10:36 AM »


The Believers, men and women, are protectors one of another:  [9:71]
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