Sheikh Gad Al-Haq Ali Gad Al-Haq
|Born||5 April 1917|
|Died||15 March 1996 (aged 78)|
|Known for||Grand Imam of Al-Azhar|
|Awards||King Faisal International Prize|
Born in Batra, Dakahlia Governorate and educated at a village school in the Nile Delta, he gained his Alimiya degree from al-Azhar University, Cairo. Finding a job as a clerk in the Mufti's office, he was promoted to the post of amin al-fatwa. In 1954 he became a judge. Nasser appointed him to the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs in 1960.
In 1978 Anwar Sadat appointed him as Grand Mufti of Egypt. In 1982 he became Minister of Religious Affairs, and then Grand Imam of Al-Azhar. A conservative voice, he pleased the Egyptian government with his strong opposition to the fundamentalist Wahhabi doctrine. However, the government was less pleased by his criticism of abortion (for which he collaborated with the Vatican delegation) at the 1994 UN Population Conference in Cairo. He refused to accept the Oslo Accords, since they did not acknowledge the Palestinian right of return. He also issued a fatwa against Farag Foda, who was subsequently assassinated. He died in Cairo.
Awards and honors
Gad al-Haq was awarded King Faisal International Prize in 1995 for his efforts for brotherly ties between Muslim communities throughout the world, and his relentless efforts to improve the spiritual, intellectual and material conditions of Muslim minorities in non-Muslim countries.
- Hadha Bayan li'l'Nas
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