I will never get tired of warning that the next step in the plan to seize control of all state institutions is subjugating al-Azhar, one of the most important guarantees of the civilian and moderate character of the state. A civilian state, in fact, would not exclude the most prominent religious institution that constitutes an integral part of Egyptian history and the same applies to the Egyptian church. It is important for al-Azhar to maintain its independence from politics and to resist attempts by the new rulers to control it as part of their comprehensive plane to monopolize power in all state institutions and dwarf the role of its scholars, particularly its Grand Imam Dr. Ahmed al-Tayeb.
The plan to control al-Azhar, which prioritizes the ouster of its grand imam, is part of a larger Brotherhood-ization strategy that does not miss a chance to achieve its goals.Abdel Latif el-Menawy
Tayeb’s character combines traits that might be seen as contradictory yet turn out to be extremely harmonious, for he is a mixture of the strictness of Upper Egypt, from which he hails, and the flexibility and tolerance of a city dweller. He is also as ascetic as the Sufis to which he belongs. His family is financially modest yet very distinguished on the scientific and social levels. Almost all his ancestors were scholars and he says that he inherited his traits from his great grandfather, the venerable scholar who died in 1956 at the age of 100. The southern town from which he comes, called al-Qarna, is neither a village nor a city but a blend of both as well as Egypt’s successive civilizations starting with the Pharaohs.