‘Tabib: Egypt overcame political Islamist rule and will not go back,’ Al-Mogaz (Egypt), 16 March 2014

A sheikh at al-Azhar has stated that Egypt has moved past a phase of political Islam, and will not go back to it. Dr. Ahmed Tabib also downplayed the idea of tensions between Muslims and Christians in the country, believing the charge to be a strategic move by the West to paint a negative picture of Egypt.

الطيب: مصر تجاوزت حكم الإسلام السياسي ولن يعود

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قال الدكتور، أحمد الطيب، شيخ الأزهر، إن مصر تجاوزت ما يسمى الإسلام السياسي وإنها مرحلة لن تعود مرة أخرى وإن المرحلة المقبلة ستكون مرحلة يستريح فيها الشعب للحاكم

وأضاف في لقائه ببرنامج «بصراحة» على فضائية «سكاي نيوز عربية»، الأحد، أن المصريين أمة واحدة ولم تكن هناك مواجهة كما يصورها البعض بين الأقباط والمصريين، واصفاً الوضع في مصر بانه أفضل حالاً، فلم يكن هناك اضطهاد للمسيحية في مصر ولذلك رفضنا الحوار مع الفاتيكان الذين أصروا على أن هناك اضطهادا وهو غير موجود

ولفت «الطيب» إلى أن الغرب يعلم أن الإسلام دين سلام ولكنني أدعوه لعدم إخضاع الدين لأغراض سياسية

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Translation

Tabib: Egypt overcame political Islamist rule and will not go back

16 March 2014

Dr. Ahmed Tabib, a sheikh at al-Azhar, said that Egypt overcame what so-called political Islam, that it was a phase that the country will not return to again, and that in the coming phase the people will be able to rely on the ruler.

In his interview with the “Bisiraha” (Eng: honestly) program on the “Sky News Arabiya” satellite network on Sunday, he added that Egyptians are one nation and there was no confrontation as depicted by some Copts and Egyptians, described the situation in Egypt as better off. “There was no persecution of Christianity in Egypt and therefore we reject dialogue with the Vatican, who insisted that there is persecution, which does not exist.”

Tabib pointed out that the West knows that Islam is a religion of peace, but he calls for the West to not use religion for political purposes.

Translated by Kevin Moore.

Article available at Al-Mogaz.

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