Al-Azhar imam urges education reform to curb extremism

2015-02-24 01:22:13 | Al Muslim News
Al-Azhar imam urges education reform to curb extremism


The head of al-Azhar, most prestigious University of Muslim world, called for education reforms across Muslim countries in an effort to control the spread of religious radicalism. Speaking at an international counter-terrorism conference in the Holy city of Macca, Saudia Arabia, Al-Azhar grand imam Ahmed al-Tayib linked extremism to "bad interpretations of the Quran and the sunna", the teachings of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH). Grand Imam Al-Tayib blamed unrest in the Middle East on a conspiracy by “the new global colonialism allied to world Zionism,” insisting that the plot has been exploiting tensions in the conflict-hit countries of Iraq, Syria and Libya. "There has been a historical accumulation of excessive trends" that have led some people to embrace a misguided form of Islam, he told the conference. "The only hope for the Muslim nation to recover unity is to tackle in our schools and universities this tendency to accuse Muslims of being unbelievers," he added. The three-day conference, organised by the Muslim World League group of non-government organisations, is being attended by scholar and Ulema from across the Muslim world to discuss ways to combat extremism..

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