Wednesday, March 10, 2010

انا لله و انا اليه راجعون

I've just heard that the Sheikh of al Azhar, Mohamad Sayid al Tantawi, has passed away. I think he was a frail old man in a difficult position, and that was what made him say some of the ridiculous things he did regarding Palestine, or shaking the hand of Peres. I think that whilst the sensationalism of these mistakes has gotten a lot of attention, he should also be remembered for his work as the head of the second oldest university in the world. The oldest being al Qaraween in Fez, Morroco. The duty and responsibility of a man in his position was never going to be lightly accepted and in a time when the Arab and Islamic world's lights have never been so dim, even that such institutions exist is an achievement and defiance.

الله يرحمه و يغفر له


melicieuse said...

i wonder who will replace him.....a young ignorant or an old fool

Maysaloon said...

I hope it is a young ignorant, there is hope he might learn, but if a fool is still a fool when he's old then there is no hope from him!