Grand Imam of Al Azhar Al Sharif hails UAE President’s release of 103 prisoners

WAM ABU DHABI: The Grand Imam of Al Azhar Al Sharif, Sheikh Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayyeb, today hailed the orders by President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, yesterday to release 103 Egyptian prisoners, who were sentenced in different cases and his pledge to settle their financial obligations as a result of enforcing those sentences.

In a statement to 24 news service, Dr Al-Tayyeb also expressed appreciation of the directives by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to fund projects worth AED250 million at Al Azhar Al Sharif.

“This is extremely generous and the grant was expected from the UAE and its leaders. The move follows the construction of the Zayed Institute for Teaching Arabic for Non-Native Speakers, which was funded by the UAE to qualify students willing to pursue studies at Al Azhar University,” he added.

He also said he was pleased to meet Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum who sent a private jet to carry him to Dubai for the meeting.

“This was a generous gesture by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed. We met, spent a good time and talked about Al Azhar, its relations and on the historic ties between the UAE,” Dr. Sheikh Al-Tayeb added.

He noted that Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid expressed willingness to support Al Azhar to enable it to spread the message of moderate Islam.