Mufti of al Azhar berates Le Pen over “erroneous ideas about Islam”

Grand Imam of al-Azhar Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb met with Marine Le Pen in Cairo Photo: AFP

In a surprise visit, French far-right leader  politician Marine Le Pen, who heads the Front National party, has met with the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb.  (Source thanks to Marie)

During the talks at Al-Azhar’s headquarter’s in Cairo, the Grand Imam of Sunni Islam’s top Islamic authority told Le Pen that Al-Azhar has been seriously concerned by the Front National’s views on Islam.

Le Pen, who has often warned against the ‘radical Islamization’ of France and has urged French authorities to crackdown and ‘eradicate’ fundamentalists, was told by Sheikh el-Tayeb that the Front National must correct its opinions about Islam.

In a statement, Al-Azhar said it questioned the FN’s “hostile opinions towards Islam and Muslims,” and urged the party to review and correct such opinions.

While Le Pen has recently said in an op-ed in the New York Times that “Islamist terrorism is a cancer on Islam, and Muslims themselves must fight it at our side,” Le Pen’s views towards immigration and monitoring of mosques, including her party’s rhetoric after the Charlie Hebdo massacre, have attracted fierce criticism. In an interview with Al-Jazeera, Le Pen also criticized Saudi Arabia and Qatar, stating that France must review its foreign policy and “stop rolling out the red carpet for countries we know to be funding fundamentalism, countries like Saudi Arabia and Qatar.”

During the meeting, Le Pen and Sheikh el-Tayeb agreed that action must be taken to tackle “erroneous ideas and concepts about Islam and extremist ideologies” while also confronting “racism that some Muslims in Europe” suffer from.

(The mufti is insolent to suggest Le Pen has “erroneous ideas about Islam”. Muslims in Europe do not suffer from “racism”. Europeans suffer from invasion, Mohammedan crime, insolence and supremacy.)

Meanwhile, Le Pen also agreed that there is a need not to confuse Islam with the violent acts committed in its name by fundamentalists, said a statement by Al-Azhar. Confirming these statements, Le Pen tweeted that there had been “strong agreement” on the fight against extremism and radicalism.

(Either she gets it or she doesn’t. Islam, only Islam, is responsible for terrorism which is commanded in the Quran by Muhammad himself.)

According to Al-Azhar, the talks between Le Pen and the Grand Imam came after Le Pen’s request to discuss matters relating to Islam in Europe.

Le Pen also met with Coptic Pope Tawadros II, tweeting that the talks were “moving” and exemplified her solidarity with the Christians of Egypt and the Middle East.


2 thoughts on “Mufti of al Azhar berates Le Pen over “erroneous ideas about Islam””

  1. Instead of pandering to the Mufti, Le Pen should read a copy of Le Coran and one of the six canonical hadith collections.

    Islam has a standard: the preaching & practice of Moe 1400 years ago. He dictated what Islam is and always will be: perpetual war against the remainder of the human race.

    The Sheiks of Al-azhar certified Noah Keller’s translation of Umdat al-Salik to be an accurate and authentic representation of Islamic law. I suggest that Le Pen open Reliance Of The Traveller to Book o, Chapter 9 and read it. Parts of that book will prove turgid, so I suggest that she follow up with “The Book Of Jihad” which can be downloaded in English from the internet archive. Page 18 should open her eyes, making clear what Reliance o9.1 has obscured.

    American officials and candidates can find a short course at .

  2. I am very very very disappointed in Marine LePen. A little like Abbott in the beginning, pandering to the Muslims will lose her the respect (and votes) of her core constituency.

    I had expected more from her – Where was Machiavelli when she made that stupid decision.

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