Al-Azhar head warns against amending Article II of constitution

The amendment of Article II of the Egyptian Constitution, which states that "Islam is the religion of the state," would serve to subvert the ruling order, Al-Azhar Grand Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, the highest religious authority in the Sunni-Muslim world, said on Wednesday.
Al-Tayeb added that Article II represented one of the “fundamentals” of the state.
Article II states: "Islam is the state religion, Arabic the official language, and the principles of Islamic Sharia the main source of legislation."
Al-Tayeb also said that Al-Azhar's grand sheikh should be elected to the post rather than appointed, provided elections were conducted in a free and fair manner–unlike Egyptian parliamentary polls held last year.

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