Cairo, August 18, 2020 — A great scholar of Al Azhar Al Sharif, Egypt’s renowned Islamic institution, has rejected a fatwa from Al Quds Mufti, where he forbids the Emirates from praying at the Al-Aqsa Mosque under the peace agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel. “As a specialist in Islamic fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence), I cannot find any religious justification to declare the worship of a Muslim people in a mosque around the world on the basis of a political attitude of the leadership of these people as haram (forbidden). I reject any religious fatwa that is not based on Shari’a-compliant rules,” says Dr. Abbas Shuman, a member of the Al Azhar Committee of Senior Scholars. “I am not here to defend the UAE’s decision to interfere with its political stance, which is determined exclusively by its leaders. I am preventing this fatwa only as biased as it has no legal sanction and cannot be enforced.
Turkey has maintained normal relations with Israel since 1949 and was the first Islamic nation to recognize Israel. Turkey and Israel even have economic and defence cooperation that goes far beyond normalising relations; and yet we have not heard a Palestinian fatwa banning Turks from praying in Al Aqsa – and we do not want to hear it. Nor have we heard a Palestinian fatwa that bans Qataris from praying in Al Aqsa, and we do not want to hear it either, even though Qatar has trade relations with Israel,” Shuman said. “This fatwa also contradicts a call by Palestinian leaders to issue a religious fatwa and calls on Muslims around the world to visit and pray to Al Aqsa.” “To the best of our knowledge and conscience, our Islamic history has not experienced a fatwa of righteous ancestors and their descendants who have banned Muslim prohibitions in any mosque around the world. “,” he concluded.