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Egypt imam approves punctuation use in Quran.

Summary: A prominent Egyptian preacher has issued a fatwa fat·wa  
A legal opinion or ruling issued by an Islamic scholar.

[Arabic fatw
, or religious ruling, approving the use of punctuation in copies of the Quran, which has sparked protests by religious scholars who say the meaning

A prominent Egyptian preacher has issued a fatwa, or religious ruling, approving the use of punctuation in copies of the Quran, which has sparked protests by religious scholars who say the meaning can be changed if punctuation is inserted in the wrong place.

News of the fatwa comes after Egyptian poet and preacher, Abdel-Salam al-Basyouni, said he had researched the issue and discovered using punctuation such as commas, colons and semi-colons would make understanding Islam's holy book easier. Prominent Sunni scholar Sheikh sheikh
 or shaykh

Among Arabic-speaking tribes, especially Bedouin, the male head of the family, as well as of each successively larger social unit making up the tribal structure. The sheikh is generally assisted by an informal tribal council of male elders.
 Yusuf al-Qaradawi Yusuf al-Qaradawi (Arabic: يوسف القرضاوي) (born September 9, 1926) is an Egyptian Muslim scholar and preacher best known for his popular al Jazeera program, ash-Shariah wal-Hayat  welcomed the news and said "I personally do this when I cite verses from the Quran in my books and lectures and anything I write," Egyptian daily independent, al-Shorouk al-Gadid, quoted the sheikh as saying.

"I advise everyone to follow suit," he said.

Qaradawi, however, objected to the use of parenthetical dashes as they imply that the sentence between them is not originally in the text and this could cause confusion.

The sheikh explained that in the past scholars had broken away from the traditional Ottoman style text and used punctuation marks in the Quran when citing parts of it in an article or a research paper.

No means no!

Meanwhile scholars in al-Azhar, the world's leading Sunni Islam Noun 1. Sunni Islam - one of the two main branches of orthodox Islam

Islam, Muslimism - the civilization of Muslims collectively which is governed by the Muslim religion; "Islam is predominant in northern Africa, the Middle East, Pakistan, and
 institution, rejected Qaradawi's fatwa as unacceptable as the meaning could be changed.

Dr. Abdel Fattah al-Sheikh, head of the Jurisprudence jurisprudence (jr'ĭsprd`əns), study of the nature and the origin and development of law.  Committee at al-Azhar's Center for Islamic Research (CIR (Committed Information Rate) In a frame relay network, the average transmission rate in bits per second (typically Kbps) for a virtual circuit. It defines the maximum rate that the network can handle under normal conditions. ), said punctuation was not allowed in copies of the Quran and that only periods can be used to mark the beginning and end of every verse.

"Question and exclamation marks (character) exclamation mark - The character "!" with ASCII code 33.

Common names: bang; pling; excl (/eks'kl/); shriek; ITU-T: exclamation mark, exclamation point (US). Rare: factorial; exclam; smash; cuss; boing; yell; wow; hey; wham; eureka; soldier; INTERCAL: spark-spot.
 and the like are unacceptable," he said. We have to stick to the use of Ottoman calligraphy calligraphy (kəlĭg`rəfē) [Gr.,=beautiful writing], skilled penmanship practiced as a fine art. See also inscription; paleography. European Calligraphy

In Europe two sorts of handwriting came into being very early.
 that all scholars authorized and this is even more important in scholarly research."

CIR member Dr. Mohamed al-Mukhtar al-Mahdi rejected even the use of periods and stressed that Quranic verses have to be written in the Ottoman calligraphy everywhere.

"No punctuation marks whatsoever should be added," he said. "This changes the way the text looks."

(Translated from Arabic by Sonia Farid)

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Date:Jun 25, 2009
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