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H.E. Sheikh Dr Ali Goma’a

Grand Mufti of the Arab Republic of Egypt

Sheikh Ali Gomaa is the former Grand Mufti of the Arab Republic of Egypt. He is one of the foremost Islamic scholars in the world. Despite retiring from the post of Grand Mufti of Egypt, Gomaa has remained active on many fronts and his counsel is more in demand than ever before.


Egypt’s Weight in Islamic Scholarship

Gomaa’s scholarly influence is derived from his position at the centre of many of the most significant institutions of Islamic law in the world. Before becoming Grand Mufti, Gomaa was a professor of jurisprudence at Al-Azhar University—the second oldest university in the world, founded in 975 CE—Gomaa also served as a member of the Fatwa Council. He is currently a member of the International Islamic Fiqh Academy, the highest institute of Islamic law in the Organization of the Islamic Conference—an intergovernmental organisation for Muslim-majority countries. Gomaa has authored over 50 books, as well as hundreds of articles.

Visit to Al-Masjid Al-Aqsa Controversy

On April 18th, 2012, Sheikh Ali Goma, with HRH Prince Ghazi of Jordan, broke what had been a 45 year taboo in some parts of the Islamic World (propagated notably by Al Jazeera-based Sheikh Al Qaradawi) and visited the Al Aqsa Mosque in order to pray there and support the beleaguered Muslim community in Jerusalem. The visit was viewed as controversial in Egypt, but set off a change of public opinion in the Islamic World that continues to this day. The Grand Mu-i also visited the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which was much appreciated by the Christian community of Jerusalem.

Personal Popularity

Gomaa was exceedingly popular as a mufti and remains ever popular since his retirement. Apart from appearing on popular broadcast and satellite television, he also revived the practice of informal ‘knowledge circles’ at the Al-Azhar Mosque, and the very well-attended Q&A sessions after his Friday sermons at the Sultan Hasan Mosque, where Gomaa makes a point of taking on anyone who tries to simplify or distort Islamic teachings without knowledge of its traditions. This has made him extremely popular with those who are against extremism. He has published regular articles in mainstream US papers like the New York Times, and the Washington Post.

Popularised and Simplified Fatwas

Gomaa has immense legal influence through his advocacy of Islamic religious edicts (fatwas). When he was Grand Mu-i of Egypt, he modernised the process of issuing fatwas in the country. He did this by overhauling the Dar al Ifta organisation into a dynamic institution with worldwide reach, based on a fatwa council and a system of checks and balances.

 

 

5,000 The number of fatwas that his office issues a week. The official ones that he himself crafts are on the more important and comples issues.
30,000 The number of books in his personal library which is sought out by students and researchers from around the world in need of rare texts.
CORRECTED: Cairo court sentences students to 17 years in prison for attacks ... - Ahram Online
2013-11-13 23:40:58

In late September, four students were expelled from Cairo University for "assaulting" former Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa, who was on campus for a thesis presentation. Chaos broke out as pro-Morsi students shouted insults and expletives at the cleric, and ...and more »

Brotherhood students protest at Cairo University - Egypt Independent
2013-11-13 13:12:19

The students demanded the release of their colleagues who were detained for assaulting former Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa. Army and police troops were deployed to the square with two armored vehicles at the entrance and four at the exit. Meanwhile, scores of ...and more »

43 Al-Azhar students referred to Misdemeanour Court - Ahram Online
2013-11-10 14:11:24

In late September, four students were expelled from Cairo University for "assaulting" former Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa, who was on campus for a thesis presentation. Chaos broke out as pro-Morsi students shouted insults and expletives at the cleric, and ...and more »

Egyptian scholars encourage army to use force against protesters - Press TV
2013-10-18 00:11:21

The biggest scandalous incident, showed former Mufti Ali Gomaa talking to a host of security officials, including the defense and interior ministers, enticing them to confront " without mercy", the forces challenging the so called June 30 revolution ...and more »

Four university students suspended, others forbidden from taking exams - Daily News Egypt
2013-11-05 11:11:59

In addition, the Primary Disciplinary Council of Cairo University issued several “disciplinary” edicts as punishment for attacking former Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa. The punishments included suspending four students for a year and preventing several other ...

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2013-10-29 18:45:37

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The Trouble with Muslims Today - SpeakingTree (blog)
2013-10-21 16:54:25

She also points out that, rather than Pakistan applauding one of their own receiving this honor, rioters prevented Professor Salam from reenter- ing Pakistan. Why? Because he was an Ahmadi Muslim. If Manji had inquired further about .... Manji ...

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"There is a shared value that has brought us together: the honest commitment to deepening the dialogue between us, and advancing the understanding and cooperation between … Christianity and Islam"
“This is not just an attack on Copts, this is an attack on me and you and all Egyptians, on Egypt and its history and its symbols, by terrorists who know no God, no patriotism, and no humanity,”

Birth: 3 March 1953 (Age: 61)

Source of Influence: ,

Influence: Legal authority for 80 million Egyptian Muslims

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“This is not just an attack on Copts, this is an attack on me and you and all Egyptians, on Egypt and its history and its symbols, by terrorists who know no God, no patriotism, and no humanity,”
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5,000 The number of fatwas that his office issues a week. The official ones that he himself crafts are on the more important and comples issues.
30,000 The number of books in his personal library which is sought out by students and researchers from around the world in need of rare texts.
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