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O presidente iraniano, Mahmud Ahmadinejad, conhecido por declarações nem sempre de bom tom, passou por uma situação desconfortável em sua primeira visita ao Cairo, capital do Egito. Um alto funcionário da instituição teológica sunita Al-Azhar denunciou o comportamento de alguns iranianos xiitas.Durante discurso ao lado de Ahmadinejad, Hassan al-Shafie disse quem visita o Irã escuta pessoas insultando seguidores do profeta Maomé e uma de suas esposas. Ele ressaltou que a atitude afetava claramente as relações entre os povos dos dois países. Uma autoridade da Al-Azhar pediu ao religioso que tratasse o assunto com o líder iraniano de maneira privada. Os sunitas acusam os xiitas de macularem Aicha, uma das esposas de Maomé.De acordo com os sunitas, ela teria combatido Ali, que os muçulmanos de confissão xiita consideram como o primeiro imã, líder religioso que sucedeu Maomé.O incidente aconteceu no término de uma reunião entre o chefe da Al-Azhar, xeque Ahmed al-Tayyeb, e Ahmadinejad, governante do maior país xiita do mundo.///SHOTLIST: CAIRO, EGYPT. FEBRUARY 5, 2013. SOURCE: AFPTV 1 min 9 sec of images showing:- VAR of the meeting between Ahmadinejad and Ahmed Al-Tayyeb- VAR of Ahmadinejad and Ahmed Al-Tayyeb during the press conferenceSOUNDBITE 1: Hassan al-Shafie (man), Al-Azhar senior cleric (Arabic , 18 sec):"Those who visit Iran hear some people insulting some of the Prophet Mohammed's companions and wives, and this is affecting the relations between the people of the two nations."+ Whispering of a Sheikh from Al-Azhar, (Arabic, 9 sec):"The president is saying lets avoid talking on this part and leave it to the meeting".///-----------------------AFP TEXT STORY: Egypt-Iran-Azhar-religion-Ahmadinejad,lead-Egypt: Ahmadinejad visits Al-Aazhar institute CAIRO, Feb 5, 2013 (AFP) - Egypt's top cleric told visiting Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday not to interfere in the affairs of Bahrain or other Gulf states, and to uphold the rights of his country's Sunni minority. Ahmed al-Tayyeb, the grand imam of Cairo's Al-Azhar, Sunni Islam's highest seat of learning, also denounced what he described as the "spread of Shiism in Sunni lands". Tayyeb, who made the remarks in a statement after meeting Ahmadinejad, demanded "the Iranian president respect Bahrain as a brotherly Arab nation, and not interfere in the affairs of Gulf states". In October, Bahrain summoned an Iranian envoy to protest at Tehran's "interference" in the Gulf state's internal affairs. Shiite-ruled Iran has supported protests by Bahrain's Shiite majority against the Sunni monarchy. Following Tuesday's meeting, Ahmadinejad gave a news conference at Al-Azhar in which he said he "came from Iran to say that Egypt and the Egyptian people have their place in the heart of the Iranian people". But senior Al-Azhar cleric Hassan al-Shafie, who spoke after Ahmadinejad, launched into a tirade against "some Shiites" for insulting some of the Prophet Mohammed's companions as the Iranian president listened with noticeable unease. "The discussions were frank," Shafie said of Ahaminejad's meeting with Tayyeb. Shiites revile some of the Prophet Mohammed's companions they accuse of usurping power from his cousin Ali, whom they believe was designated as his rightful heir. Sunnis view this position as heresy, but Al-Azhar had traditionally taken an ecumenical stance on Shiites. But the Sunni institute has adopted a much harsher tone in the past year, accusing Shiites of trying to spread their doctrine in Egypt and even issuing a statement that used a pejorative term for Shiites -- rafidah, or rejectionists. Al-Azhar's hardened stance is thought in part to stem from the increased pressure of more conservative Salafi clerics, who share doctrines of Saudi Arabia's interpretation of Sunni Islam. se/jad
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