This matter was not easy for the Azharite preacher, but he has been accustomed to such work about two years ago, in order to end family disputes and confront the spread of the phenomenon of divorce, as part of the “family reunification” initiative launched by Al-Azhar, which succeeded in settling 23 thousand cases of family dispute out of a total 25 thousand until January 13, according to Osama Al-Hadidi, director of Al-Azhar International Fatwa Center, in exclusive statements to “Sky News Arabia.”
The Al-Azhar “family reunification” unit aims to protect the Egyptian family from the danger of disintegration, remove differences between the disputants, reduce the phenomenon of divorce that threatens the security of the family and the Egyptian society, and spread correct community and family awareness, divide inheritance, end conflicts arising from disagreements about it, and contribute In the delivery of rights to its people.
The Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics in Egypt recorded 225,000 divorce cases in its latest annual report for the year 2019.
Al-Hadidi, who oversees the “unification” initiative, added that it is present in all Egyptian governorates, with 27 headquarters in Al-Azhar regions, while the number of supervisors is 54 individuals, and 270 preachers deal with it, at a rate of 10 preachers in each governorate, in addition to the use of faculty members. At Al-Azhar University and workers in the institutes sector, to face this growing problem.
He pointed out that the initiative has dealt with 25 thousand cases of family disagreement so far, within the directives of the Grand Imam Ahmed Al-Tayeb, Sheikh of Al-Azhar, to defuse these crises, indicating that the rate of success in ending these disputes has exceeded 95 percent, but “there are cases that we find that separation is the solution to correcting Conditions, “he says.
The initiative stresses the drafting of reconciliation clauses in major disagreements and disputes and what the parties have agreed upon, and is recorded in the approval of reconciliation signed by everyone at the end of the session.
Al-Azhar had launched a special window on its website to register the request for “unification”, explaining the name of the ceremony, its relationship with the owner of the problem, the type of dispute and a summary of it, with a contact number available if the preacher needed to go to the case home.
According to Al-Hadidi, the most prominent causes of family disagreement were some crises related to the Internet and the use of social media, which caused a great deal of these issues, and then related to matters related to the husband’s spending on his family, or interference in the affairs of the spouses.
He explained the nature of the workflow of the initiative by saying that “a model of the problem arrives to us, including data, and contains brief lines about the problem, and then the Azharite preacher or official prepares scenarios for the solution before he goes to the case, especially if they are issues related to honor or have some complexity in the solution.” , Which facilitates the completion of the agreement between the two parties, “referring to the use of specialists in psychiatry, sociology and Sharia sciences, if needed.
The matter did not stop at this only, but the director of Al-Azhar International Fatwa Center revealed that a new strategic plan had been drawn up to expand the initiative’s work “in order to be ahead of the number of daily divorce cases.”
He continued: “We will need to work with more trained youth cadres to solve 100 problems to control new crises, and to intervene in and end the old ones, so that there is no accumulation of cases.”
He pointed out that, in anticipation of facing these crises, the Al-Azhar International Center for Fatwa established a family and community awareness program, under the slogan (a stable family = a safe society). To confront family disintegration and rehabilitate those who are about to get married, according to a specific vision based on strengthening the structure of the Egyptian family and increasing its cohesion and interdependence.