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Habib Ali al-Jifri
Sidi Nazim Baksh on the controversy over the visits of Habib Ali Al-Jifry and Shaykh Ali Gomaa to Masjid Alaqsa in Jerusalem
Between a Rock and a Hard Place
By Nazim Baksh
The Ikhwan and the Salafist political parties might be making electoral gains in the Middle East, but it appears a growing chorus of religious scholars is determined to test their commitment to the democratic ideals they so ardently espouse.
Among the scholars who are refusing to dance to the Ikhwan’s tune are Habib Ali Al-Jifry and Shaykh Ali Gomaa. Shaykh Ali Gomaa is Egypt’s Grand Mufti, a position that carries the weight of centuries of Muslim legal history. Habib Ali, on the other hand, is a rare type of public intellectual, admired by many Muslims both in the East and the West for the clarity of his religious commitments.
So I saw a screenshot shared on facebook of a conversation on twitter in Arabic. I like to verify the sources before I could share it. In this day and age anyone can photoshop something up. So I did some research and consulted Shaykh Twitter and found this beautiful gem:
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يقال أن حمزة ضحية العبث الليبرالي ويقال بل ضحية التشدد الإسلامي— علي الجفري (@alhabibali) February 10, 2012
ولعله ضحيتنا جميعا
والجيد إدراكنا أن ضحايانا هم فلذات اكبادنا
Habib Ali: “Some say Hamza is a sacrificial lamb from the Liberals; other says that he is actually a sacrifical lamb for Islamic extremists. Perhaps he is a sacrificial lamb on behalf of us all, and it is good if we understand that our sacrificial lambs are those dearest to us.”