Elite Egyptian University To Build Islamic
Institute In Afghanistan
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
March 18, 2009
KABUL -- Egypt's Al–Azhar University, one of the
world's most important centers of Sunni Islamic
learning, has announced that it will build an Islamic
institute in Kabul.
Sheikh Muhammad Sayed al–Tantawi, the imam of Al-Azhar,
said the center will encourage peace building and
reconciliation efforts in Afghanistan.
In a meeting with Afghan Education Minister Faruq
Wardak in Kabul, Tantawi called on all sides involved
in the conflict to put aside their disagreements and
unite in order to stabilize Afghanistan.
Wardak told RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan on
March 17 that Al-Azhar leaders are very passionate
toward peace, security, and developing education in
Afghanistan, especially Islamic education.
They promised to assist Afghanistan to build a
center for Islamic education that is unique. Wardak
said the center will be called the Al–Azhar Institute
for Islamic Education and is of great importance to
Afghanistan. Al-Azhar University is named after the
Prophet Muhammad's daughter, Fatimah, who was called
Al-Zahra (the brilliant).