The leading cleric of Egypt does not accept hurting gays, but he is still against homosexuality

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AFET Committee - Exchange of views with the Grand Mufti of Egypt

Egypt’s grand mufti (religious leader) has said that hurting LGBT people is unacceptable even though homosexuality is not allowed in Islam. rand Mufti Shawki Allam has commented homophobic attacks which are committed by religious Muslims (in part Orlando massacre) saying: “Yes, it is religiously not allowed and not accepted practice in Islam. But that does not give anyone the right to hurt homosexuals or take the law into their own hands. Even if we view homosexuality as a religious sin, that does not give anyone the freedom to injure another person in any way. Each person is equally inviolable. What happened in Orlando is totally unacceptable.”

Egypt does not have a specific law banning homosexuality but has been cracking down on the LGBT community with immorality and public indecency laws – causing many people to hide their identity out of fear of being arrested or harmed. Mr Allam’s comments, which were part of a discussion about moderate Islam, are a major milestone for Egypt’s religious institution. The grand mufti, along with the grand imam of al-Azhar mosque, holds one of the highest positions of religious authority and plays an important part in determining opinions on religious law.

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