The world’s most influential Muslim is a dickhead

Posted on November 5, 2017


For the second year running Shaykh Ahmad Muhammad Al-Tayyeb has been named the world’s most influential Muslim.

5Pillars reports:

The honour was bestowed on Shaikh Ahmad Muhammad Al-Tayyeb by the “Muslim 500,” an annual publication which ranks the most influential Muslims in the world. The Muslim 500 is compiled by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre in Jordan.

Sheikh Tayyeb was appointed as Grand Sheikh of al-Azhar in March 2010 by former Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak. He leads the second-oldest university in the world, where teaching has continued without interruption since 975 CE.

Al-Azhar is also currently the largest university in the world, having risen from a group of three schools in the 1950s to its current state with 72 feeder schools, and close to 300,000 students studying there at any one time.

The Muslim 500 said: “His scholarly influence as a leading intellectual of Sunni Islam spans the globe.

Ahmad Muhammad Al-Tayyeb

Ahmad Muhammad Al-Tayyeb

The Muslim 500 publication states:

This publication sets out to ascertain the influence some Muslims have on this community, or on behalf of the community. Influence is: any person who has the power (be it cultural, ideological, financial, political or otherwise) to make a change that will have a significant impact on the Muslim world. Note that the impact can be either positive or negative, depending on one’s point of view of course.

Ex-Muslims are going to see it as negative for sure. Al-Tayyeb has this to say about them:

Sheikh Ahmad Al-Tayyeb: “…if an apostate has left Islam out of hatred toward it, and with the purpose of acting against it – this is considered high treason, because this is a Muslim society, which has had Islam for 1,400 years and other religions for over 5,000 years. One does not have the right to… In this case, apostasy is a rebellion against society. It is a rebellion both against religion and what is held sacrosanct by society.”

Interviewer: “What is the punishment of an apostate?”

Sheikh Ahmad Al-Tayyeb: “[Contemporary] jurisprudents concur – and so does ancient jurisprudence – that apostasy is a crime.”

Interviewer: “All jurisprudents agree with this?”

Sheikh Ahmad Al-Tayyeb: “You could say that all jurisprudents agree. A very few [dissent], but you could say that everybody agrees.”

Interviewer: “More or less everybody?”

Sheikh Ahmad Al-Tayyeb: “The four schools of law all concur that apostasy is a crime, and that an apostate should be asked to repent, and that if he does not he should be killed.”


“There are two verses in the Quran that clearly mention apostasy, but they did not define a specific punishment. They left the punishment for the Hereafter, for Allah to punish them as He sees fit. But there are two hadiths [on apostasy]. According to the more reliable of the two, a Muslim can only be killed in one of three cases, one of which is abandoning his religion and leaving the community. We must examine these two expressions: ‘Abandoning religion’ is described as ‘leaving the community.’ All the early jurisprudents understood that this applies to someone who leaves his religion, regardless of whether he left and opposed his community or not. All the early jurisprudents said that such a person should be killed, regardless of whether it is a man or a woman – with the exception of the Hanafi School, which is said that a female apostate should not be killed.”

Interviewer: “Why?”

Sheikh Ahmad Al-Tayyeb: “Because it is inconceivable that a woman would rebel against her community. This underscores the fact that apostasy should be punished by death only if the apostate constitutes a danger to society.”

And here.

“The penalty for an open apostate, departing from the community, is well stipulated in Sharia,” Al-Azhar’s Grand Imam Ahmed el-Tayyib declared on Egypt television last week.

“An apostate must be pressed upon to repent within a variable period of time or be killed,” el-Tayyib stated, reiterating Islam’s traditional position during a 16 June episode of a daily TV program featuring him.

“[Preaching] apostasy stems from a hatred against Islam and a premeditated desire to work against it. As such it constitutes in my belief high treason and a departure from the community and what it holds sacred,” the official portal of Al-Azhar quoted el-Tayyib as saying.

“The broad consensus of Islamic theology, including the Prominent Scholars of [Sunni Islam’s] Four Schools, judge apostasy to be criminal,” el-Tayyib said. “They are all in agreement that an apostate must be pressed upon to repent within a variable period of time or be killed.

“One is to employ dialogue and debate in the hope the apostate would repent, which in itself speaks for a measure of flexibility in that an apostate is not killed outright,” el-Tayyib said, describing converts from Islam as “blind at heart” for leaving “the Religion of Original Nature”.

Gays won’t be over the moon either. Al-Tayyeb says:

“The calls to allow homosexuality as a human right are blatant and are completely strange to eastern men… who are naturally disgusted with such deviance.”

And here:

Sheikh Ahmad Al-Tayyeb: We should be aware that the concepts of human rights are full of ticking time bombs. My opinion was – and I said this [in the West] – that no Muslim society could ever consider sexual liberty, homosexuality and so on to be a personal right. Muslim societies consider these things to be diseases, which must be fought and treated.”

Interviewer: “Protection of lineage is a main goal in Islam.”

Sheikh Ahmad Al-Tayyeb: “And protection of moral values too. The problem is that the [Islamic and Western] civilizations are different. Our civilization is based on religion and moral values, whereas their civilization is based more on personal liberties and some moral values.”


“It is extremely regrettable that some heads of churches in the United States conduct [homosexual] marriages.  I wonder how little of the Injil [Gospel] is left to them and how they will face our master, Isa [Islamic version of Jesus]. ”

Jews might have the hump too:

Ahmad Al-Tayeb: A verse in the Koran explains the Muslims’ relations with the Jews and the polytheists. The second part of the verse describes the Muslims’ relations with the Christians, and the third part of the verse explains why the Christians are the closest and most friendly to the Muslims.

This is a historical perspective, which has not changed to this day. See how we suffer today from global Zionism and Judaism, whereas our peaceful coexistence with the Christians has withstood the test of history. Since the inception of Islam 1,400 years ago, we have been suffering from Jewish and Zionist interference in Muslim affairs. This is a cause of great distress for the Muslims.

The Koran said it and history has proven it: “You shall find the strongest among men in enmity to the believers to be the Jews and the polytheists.” This is the first part. The second part is: “You shall find the closest in love to the believers to be those who say: ‘We are Christians’.” The third part explains why the Christians are “the closest in love to the believers,” while the Jews and the polytheists are the exact opposite.


[The Christians] are humble and are not arrogant.

Interviewer: They are not condescending, whereas the Jews say they are the Chosen People.

Ahmad Al-Tayeb: Right, they do not say that they are the Chosen People… That is why the Jewish religion is closed to others. They have no proselytism. They consider themselves to be the best creation, the Chosen People.

Interviewer: They consider everybody else to be inferior to them…

Ahmad Al-Tayeb: Extremely inferior. They even have very peculiar laws. For instance, they are allowed to practice usury with non-Jews. Some things are not allowed among Jews, but are allowed between Jews and non-Jews. They practice a terrible hierarchy, and they are not ashamed to admit it, because it is written in the Torah – with regard to killing, enslavement, and so on.

Therefore, they have generated a problem not only in their relations with the Muslims, but in their relations with all other people as well, and history has been clear on this.

Interviewer: There is even great enmity between them and the Christians.

Ahmad Al-Tayeb: Of course. These practices and beliefs have made people, even non-Muslims, hate them.

Charming fella.

None of this is new information on Al-Tayyeb. It did the rounds when he took first prize last year.

The publication is full of other nutters with similar views. Many of them are regular visitors to the UK.

The hardest thing in the world is getting Muslims to admit that hardline interpretations of Islam are very much in the mainstream, in this country and across the world. And not just within Islamism or Salafism as some believe to be the case. It’s just as easy to find respected Barelwi or Deobandi scholars coming out with this stuff.

Maybe this will be a wake up call.

Nah. Course it won’t.

And for good measure, the publication has a little dig at modernist/progressive Muslims.

Islamic modernism


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