In an article published in Al-Ahram newspaper, columnist Sanaa Al-Bissi, praised Sheikh Shaltout’s conciliatory attitudes toward the different sects in Islam, criticizing, on the same time, the recent comments made by the notorious Islamist scholar, Yusef al-Karadawi, on this regard.
Sheikh Mohammed Shaltout is the former Grand Imam of Al-Azhar between 1958-1963. He was best remembered for encouraging harmonious interactions between Sunnis and Shiites. He even issued a Fatwa validating the Shiite doctrine.
His moderate and peaceful approach has been rejected by many sectarian scholars including Yusef al-Karadawi, chairman of the International Union of Muslim Scholars.
“His initiative will continue to serve as a ‘guiding star’ for all Muslims worldwide. It the sectarians and extremists who must reconsider their beliefs and follow the pious ancestors”, Sanaa wrote.