Al-Azhar has underscored anew the freedom of constructive criticism, calling for avoiding defamation and abuse.
In a statement on Thursday 27/12/2012, Al-Azhar's Islamic Research Academy said no party should exploit the name of Al-Azhar in any partisan conflict.
Azhar is the religious reference for all Egyptian people and is not biased towards one party at the expense of the other, the statement said.
Azhar is not involved in any political deals -- Islamic Research Academy
Al Azhar's Islamic Research Academy reiterated Azhar's stance to be an independent authority that steers away from any political deals or secret agreements.
During a meeting held on Thursday 27/12/2012, presided by Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed el-Tayyeb, the academy rejected any attempts to insult Al Azhar that plays a major role in serving Islam and Muslims and in maintaining the unity of the nation.
The academy's statement comes in rejection of some Salafist claims that Al Azhar has made a deal with the Salafis in a bid to assert its independence and give its grand Imam immunity from removal.