The advisor to the Grand Mufti of Egypt gave an introductory lecture on Islam to American University students
The advisor to the Grand Mufti of Egypt, Dr. Ibrahim Negm, stressed that since its establishment, Dar al-Ifta’s main task was to issue rulings and legal edicts with a sound scientific methodology and has taken the reality of the times, interests, consequences, and legal objectives into consideration.
This was part of Dr. Ibrahim’s participation in an open dialogue with the foreign students at the American University today afternoon. Dr. Ibrahim delivered a lecture entitled “Fatwa chaos … the problem and the cure” during which he explained that fatwa chaos occurs when non-specialists issue fatwas.
He stressed that there is a pressing necessity to unite fatwa authorities to suppress trading with fatwa and issuing arbitrary fatwas on satellite channels. He added that the noble Azhar is the main reference for Islamic affairs in Egypt.
Dr. Negm emphasized the necessity of putting forward a covenant of honor for fatwa to face the chaos in fatwas issued by non-specialists which distort the image of Islam and Muslims in the world.
He mentioned that the media must shoulder its moral responsibility to curb this phenomenon, stressing Dar al-Ifta’s readiness to cooperate with all means of communication towards this aim.
Dr. Negm announced Dar al-Ifta’s new strategy during the coming period to curb the randomness in fatwa issuance, and said that Dar al-Ifta seeks to draw closer to the concerns of the common people in the coming period.