Group promoting ‘moderate Islam’ says 1 thing, prints another

A prominent Islamic organization in Egypt has launched an information campaign called “Sharing the Homeland” that instructs Muslims “on the proper attitude” toward Christmas and Christians during the holiday celebration.

The Al-Azhar Institute, affiliated with the most prestigious institution in Sunni Islam, Al-Azhar University, is behind the effort to promote “moderate Islam,” reinforce the values of citizenship and coexistence and reject “deviant fatwas” issued every year at the time of the Christian holiday, reported the Middle East Media Research Institute.

The institute says Muslims are permitted to wish Christians “joy on their religious festivals.”

“This Al-Azhar campaign is part of the institution’s ongoing effort to portray itself as combating religious extremism and erroneous interpretations of Islam, and as promoting the renewal of the religious discourse. Al-Azhar’s top clerics, headed by the Sheikh of Al-Azhar, Ahmad Al-Tayeb, and his deputy ‘Abbas Shuman, frequently point to their efforts in this area, which include informational campaigns and at its reevaluation

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