Sheikh of Al-Azhar, Ahmed Al Tayeb : Excluding religion and morals from life is the biggest crisis caused by Western civilization Sheikh of Al-Azhar, Ahmed Al Tayeb : Excluding religion and morals from life is the biggest crisis caused by Western civilization

Sheikh of Al-Azhar, Ahmed Al Tayeb : Excluding religion and morals from life is the biggest crisis caused by Western civilization

Sheikh of Al-Azhar, Ahmed Al Tayeb : Excluding religion and morals from life is the biggest crisis caused by Western civilization UN - Washington calls for the resumption of negotiations and the flight of more than 100 thousand towards Chad    Africa - Tunisian public figures are on hunger strike, rejecting "judicial measures" against them

The Sheikh of Al-Azhar, Ahmed Al-Tayeb, considered that Western civilization bears the largest part in the tragedy of modern man, by excluding religion and morals from people's lives, according to his conversation with the United Nations representative on the Dialogue of Civilizations.  

The Sheikh of Al-Azhar, Ahmed Al-Tayeb, said, on Thursday, that "Western civilization bears the largest part in the tragedy of modern man."

This came in a statement by the Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar, after his meeting with the United Nations High Representative for the Dialogue of Civilizations, Miguel Moratinos, in Cairo.

During the meeting, Al-Tayeb affirmed "Al-Azhar's openness to dialogue with all believers in religions, cultures and civilizations," stressing that "the world is now facing a very complex crisis, which is the crisis of excluding religious and moral values ​​from people's lives."

Al-Tayeb explained that this crisis does not resonate and affect its makers and those who decide its fate, "but it extends to all humanity, east and west, and it is the basis for all the conflicts and wars that our world is exposed to today."

He stated that the greatest part of the tragedy of modern man is borne by Western civilization, "when it sought to exclude religion and spare it from people's lives, and focused on satisfying human desires and promoting material thought," as he described it.

Al-Tayeb elaborated by saying that today's person suffers from a lack of food and medicine, the climate change crisis, as well as social crises that aim to destroy the family, spread extramarital relations, and "impose highly abnormal cultures on a world and societies that do not believe in them and were not part of their civilizations and cultures."

Al-Tayeb considered that the world today "colonizes each other in a stronger and more dangerous way than the forms of colonialism that we witnessed in the past."

For his part, the UN representative, Moratinos, expressed his happiness at the renewed meeting with the Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar, and his pride in the efforts of Al-Azhar and its relationship with the United Nations, which facilitated his work in achieving rapprochement between cultures and peoples.

Al-Azhar Al-Sharif has often condemned Western behavior, and held it responsible for what it considers "destruction of morals", the most recent of which was on May 22.

At that time, the Al-Azhar Observatory of the sheikhdom announced its solidarity with the Egyptian player, Mustafa Mohamed, after he refused to participate in the campaign of his French club, Nantes, to support gays.

Finally, Moratinos emphasized, the world "needs to strengthen cooperation and intensify efforts."


UN - Washington calls for the resumption of negotiations and the flight of more than 100 thousand towards Chad

The United States called on the warring parties in Sudan to return to ceasefire negotiations, while the United Nations estimated the number of newly displaced people in Chad at 100,000.

On Thursday, the United States called on the warring parties in Sudan to return to cease-fire negotiations and coordinate efforts to commit to a permanent truce, after the agreement collapsed again, while the United Nations estimated the number of newly displaced people in Chad at 100,000.

Yesterday, Wednesday, the Sudanese army decided to withdraw from peace negotiations with the Rapid Support Forces, which are sponsored by the United States and Saudi Arabia.

The US State Department said in a statement: "Once the Sudanese parties demonstrate their seriousness in adhering to the ceasefire, the United States and Saudi Arabia are ready to resume the pending talks."

On Wednesday evening, the White House expressed its "deep regret" over the Sudanese army's decision to withdraw from the negotiations.

White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said: "It is deeply regrettable that the Sudanese army has chosen to withdraw. The fighting must stop."

The Sudanese army announced, on Wednesday morning, the suspension of the Jeddah talks due to the "rapid support" forces' failure to implement the terms of the agreement and the continued violations.

There was no immediate comment from the Rapid Support Forces on the army's statement until Wednesday evening.

Earlier Thursday, the United Nations announced that more than 100,000 Sudanese refugees have fled to Chad since the outbreak of fighting in Sudan, bringing the number of displaced persons to more than half a million.

And the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees warned that "the number of new refugees has exceeded the threshold of 100,000," calling for urgent financial assistance.

UNHCR's representative in Chad, Laura Locastro, said that some 200,000 others may also have to flee over the next three months.

Before the outbreak of the conflict, Chad, one of the poorest countries in the world, was hosting 588,000 refugees, including 409,000 Sudanese who fled fighting in a region, according to UNHCR data.

The agency stated that it needs an amount of 214.1 million dollars to provide protection and necessary assistance to all refugees and displaced persons in Chad, and the amount includes 72.4 million dollars for the newly displaced from Sudan, while it received only 16% of this amount.

Since last April 15, large-scale clashes have erupted in a number of Sudanese cities between the army led by Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and the Rapid Support Forces led by Muhammad Hamdan Dagalo "Hamidati", killing and wounding hundreds, most of them civilians, in addition to the displaced to neighboring countries.



Africa - Tunisian public figures are on hunger strike, rejecting "judicial measures" against them

Within one week, 3 public figures in Tunisia declared "hunger strikes" in protest against what they considered "court prosecutions on political grounds." Since February 11, Tunisia has witnessed a campaign of arrests, including politicians, media figures, activists, judges, and businessmen.

Within one week, 3 public figures in Tunisia declared "hunger strikes" in protest against what they considered "court prosecutions on political grounds."

Lawyer Mahdi Zaqrouba, a leader in the Ennahda movement, Sahbi Ateeq, and the former mayor of Zahraa (Bin Aous state in southern Tunisia), Muhammad Rayan al-Hamzawi, announced the initiation of a hunger strike for the purpose of what they called "lifting grievances." On Wednesday, Zakrouba decided to end his strike.

Zaqrouba announced, on May 25, that he had entered a hunger strike and sought refuge at the headquarters of the Bar Association in the capital, Tunis, in protest against "the opening of the judiciary in search of him at the request of the Minister of Justice, Leila Jaffal, in accordance with Decree 54 on electronic crimes on social media."

On May 30, Ennahda announced that the leader of the movement, who was arrested by the Tunisian authorities, Sahbi Ateeq, was suffering from a "severe deterioration in his health," after 18 days of his hunger strike.

The movement said, in a statement, that "the health condition of Deputy Sahbi Ateeq witnessed a sharp deterioration as a result of the brutal hunger strike he has been waging for 18 days," noting that "the deterioration in his condition necessitated his transfer to the hospital."

It said that Ateeq is on hunger strike "to protest against his unfair imprisonment in a fabricated and eccentric case marred by several legal violations."

And on Tuesday, the lawyers for the former mayor of Al-Zahraa, Muhammad Rayan Al-Hamzawi, announced that their client "entered a hunger strike until the grievance is lifted."

A statement published by Al-Hamzawy's defense stated that their arrested client "is pursuing a case according to malicious slander about a person whose identity has been withheld, in which Muhammad Rayan Al-Hamzawy has been attributed to a relationship with Nadia Okasha (former director of President Qais Saeed's office) in the context of a case of conspiracy against state security."

The defense team stated that the case "attributed to the former director of the presidential office, the defense proved, with arguments and documents that leave no room for doubt, the falsity and malicious nature of this slander."

She added that "a deposit (permit) card was issued by the investigating judge, ignoring what was previously presented, and all members of the defense staff refused to sign the interrogation report."

And according to the decision to "open an investigation into a terrorist case attributed to the judicial pole for combating terrorism in Tunisia."

The authorities did not immediately comment on the "hunger strikes" declared by the detainees.

Since February 11, Tunisia has witnessed a campaign of arrests, including politicians, media figures, activists, judges, and businessmen.

Tunisian President Kais Saied accused some of the detainees of "conspiring against state security and being behind the crises of distributing goods and rising prices." However, the opposition accuses him of deliberately prosecuting "arbitrary" cases against those who reject exceptional measures that began to be imposed on July 25, 2021.

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