The former Grand Mufti of Egypt, who is close to the Sisi regime, Ali Gomaa, returned to stir controversy again with the fatwas and hadiths he presents, as he claimed this time that the Prophet – may God bless him and grant him peace – was born in the sign of Aries.
In one of the episodes of the “God Knows” program on the “CBC” channel, Ali Gomaa spoke about the Prophet Muhammad, may God bless him and grant him peace, and determine the date of his birth according to the Gregorian months and the astrological sign that is attributed to him.
Ali Gomaa said: “The Prophet Muhammad was born in the sign of Aries,” noting that he was born on April 20, which is the end of the sign of Aries, or April 22.
He added, “April 22 was chosen as World Earth Day.”
Pointing out that it is a beautiful coincidence that the International Day for the Preservation of the Earth is the same day as the birth of the Prophet, may God bless him and grant him peace, who sent a mercy to those on earth.
Ali Gomaa talks about the timing of the birth of the Prophet Muhammad
The former mufti emphasized that there is no dispute over the timing of the birth of the Messenger of God – may God’s prayers and peace be upon him, but it is an issue of calendar calculations, and not a skepticism.
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He continued: “By the calculations, he – may God’s prayers and peace be upon him – was born on the day of April 20, 570 AD,” noting that it is likely that he was born under the sign of Aries.
Dar Al Iftaa resolves the controversy
In a previous announcement, Dar Al-Ifta had decided, on its official Facebook page, the date of the birth of the Prophet (peace be upon him), saying: “If the Gregorian date of our Master, the Messenger of God was calculated, it would have agreed today, April 20. Pray for those who will intercede for you on the Day of Resurrection.”
In turn, Dr. Magdi Ashour, the scientific advisor to the Mufti of the Republic, said that this matter was disputed by scientists specialized in the calendar, as it is an approximate matter, between the days of 20 and 22, stressing that it was most likely that it was on April 20 of the year 571 AD.
Ali Gomaa and the Renaissance Dam
Last July, the former Grand Mufti of Egypt and Sheikh close to the Sisi regime, Ali Gomaa, sparked a wave of ridicule on the communication sites after his statements about the Renaissance Dam crisis.
Ali Gomaa, on the CBC screen, during his hosting of the “From Egypt” program, claimed that the land on which the Renaissance Dam was built, we will hear every day about a subsidence and the dam will collapse.
Ali Gomaa attacks Ethiopia’s Grand Mufti Omar Idris
Ali Gomaa did not explain more about what he said or the reasons for that, and moved to attack the Grand Mufti of Ethiopia, Omar Idris.
In response to what he described as a statement in which Omar Idris insulted the Sheikh of Al-Azhar, he said: “The Mufti of Ethiopia is ignorant of religion when he cited a hadith from the Messenger of God, may God bless him and grant him peace, about water.”
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He added that the hadith of Muslim, in which the Grand Mufti of Ethiopia was martyred, that the Prophet, may God bless him and grant him peace, when “Al-Zubayr” came to him with a neighbor of his from the Ansar, they were quarreling over the course of water. Then you send water to your neighbour, and this hadith indicates that we must run the water immediately after we get our share of it.
In response to the statement of the Grand Mufti of Ethiopia, Gomaa refused to characterize Idris as a sheikh, and only described him as “Professor Omar.”
He said: “We assume ignorance in him, and that he is ignorant of reality and the religion of God. We ask him – he who claims justice in his Prime Time Zone – is the policy of starvation that Tigray is subjected to from justice and equity or from religion or has it occurred in the history of Muslims that we starve peoples in order to kneel?! What is happening in Tigray is a robbery of their rights and an ethnic genocide.”
The former Grand Mufti of Egypt said that the Grand Mufti of Ethiopia was unsuccessful and fell into many caveats in his statement to respond to the Sheikh of Al-Azhar, and he had to ask for fairness, justice and good manners with the Grand Imam, Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb, Sheikh of Al-Azhar.
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He stressed that Omar Idris did not see the file of the Renaissance Dam to clearly understand the rights of Egyptians and Sudanese, but it is clear that he asked him to respond to an individual without understanding and familiarity with the Sheikh of Al-Azhar.
He pointed out that: “Egypt has always dealt with matters with responsibility, balance and patience, but without complacency in defending Egyptian rights and achieving the interests of the Egyptian Prime Time Zone.”
Egypt puts the international community in front of its responsibilities
He explained that Egypt puts the international community before its responsibilities regarding the issue of the Renaissance Dam, adding that “Ethiopia refuses to deal positively, and this only makes us more determined to present our just cause to the international community.”