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Egypt confronts pro-Brotherhood fatwas in media

To confront the proliferation of fatwas in the media, Dar al-Ifta has established an observational body for monitoring and responding to them.
Egyptian Cleric Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, chairman of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, gives a speech during Friday prayers, before a protest against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, at Al Azhar mosque in old Cairo December 28, 2012. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh  (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST RELIGION) - RTR3BY1C
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Dar al-Ifta al-Misriyyah, the Egyptian religious edict council, has decided to establish a body within the council for monitoring and responding to the fatwas in all TV, print and electronic media.

The move is a response to the fatwas on takfir (regarding other Muslims as non-Muslims) that are being issued for political purposes. The most recent was issued Jan. 5 by prominent Kuwaiti Islamic scholar Sheikh Ajeel al-Nashmi to kill Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Other fatwas have prohibited participating in the constitutional referendum.

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