Sisi renews to the Mufti of Egypt until he reaches retirement age

Extending the term of the Mufti of Egypt in violation of the law (Facebook)

On Wednesday, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi issued a decision to renew Shawki Ibrahim Abdel-Karim Allam’s appointment as Mufti of Egypt, until he reaches the age of retirement on August 12, 2021, despite the end of his second and final term on March 3, according to The law organizing Al-Azhar and the bodies it includes, and the executive regulations of the Council of Senior Scholars.
Observers consider Shawky Allam, the Grand Mufti of the Authority par excellence, and that renewal is a reward for him for his support of the executive authority by using the jurisprudential opinions, which the sheikh of Al-Azhar Ahmed Al-Tayeb usually confronts, refutes and rejects them.

The renewal decision ignores the nomination of the Council of Senior Scholars at Al-Azhar to three prominent figures to take over the position, namely the professor at the College of Fundamentals of Religion, Taha Hobeishi, the Secretary-General of the Council of Senior Scholars, Muhammad al-Dhawini, and the professor of jurisprudence at the College of Sharia, Fathi Othman.
Shawky Allam hastened to direct “many thanks” to Sisi for his confidence in renewing his work as a mufti of the republic until he reaches the legal age of pension, saying in a statement that “this precious confidence from the President of the Republic represents a strong incentive to complete the journey of serving the nation, and to complete the bid through the Egyptian Dar Al Ifta. “.
Allam added, “The president’s confidence culminates in the efforts made by Dar Al-Ifta over the past years in combating extremism and terrorism, and the perverted ideas of dark groups, and we pledge to God, and we pledge to His Excellency (Sisi) to continue patriotic action as long as there is a flame of life in the body and breaths hesitating.”
Earlier, the House of Representatives approved a law aimed at withdrawing the competencies of Al-Azhar in the fatwa, after it was specifically detailed to keep the current Mufti in office after reaching retirement age, by granting the President of the Republic the power to appoint the Mufti, instead of electing him in a secret ballot at a meeting of the Council of Senior Scholars chaired by The Sheikh of Al-Azhar, who rejected the law altogether.

The law stipulates that the Mufti of Egypt be appointed by a decision of the President of the Republic, out of three to be nominated by the Senior Scholars Authority in Al-Azhar two months before the position becomes vacant, with the Mufti being able to renew after reaching the legal age set for retirement, and treating him as ministers in financial terms, decrees and allocations, in preparation for the continuation of the state. In office after the expiration of his current term.
The Council of Senior Scholars in Al-Azhar sent a letter to the former Speaker of Parliament, Ali Abdel-Al, containing the body’s rejection of the law altogether and in detail, stressing that its articles contravene the provisions of the Egyptian constitution, as they affect the independence of Al-Azhar and its affiliated bodies, chiefly the Council of Senior Scholars and Al-Azhar University And the Islamic Research Academy.
The law is one of the episodes of the years-long conflict between Sisi and al-Tayyib, and the former sought to withdraw the largest amount of powers granted to the latter, who are immune from impeachment according to Article 7 of the constitution, especially with the ongoing attack on Al-Azhar and its sheikh for political purposes by some officials, politicians and media professionals.

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