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Shiite and Sunni Brothers are Wings of Islam: Al-Azhar Imam

The Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, on Monday has urged more tolerance among different Islamic schools and doctrines, saying Shiite and Sunni people are brothers and the wings of Islam.

Speaking in Jakarta during a meeting of the Muslim Council of Elders and the Indonesian Council of Ulama, Shaikh Ahmad Al-Tayyeb said most of the wars taking place in Muslim countries today are a result of the Sunni-Shiite divide.

Al-Azhar Sheikh added: “the moderate Shiites are Muslims who cannot be expelled, and there are excesses which not from moderate Shiite clerics.

He warned of the dispute between Sunnis and Shiites, explaining that what is happening in Iraq, Syria and Yemen comes within the framework of this religious dispute, noting that Islam is based on values, and criticizing the West’s policy against Muslims.

Al-Tayyeb asked conciliation and unity among scholars in the Islamic Ummah, indicating that the unity is not to gather an understanding or a single thought, because the dispute is a natural thing approved by Islam.


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