CAIRO - Egypt's prestigious seat of Sunni
learning, al-Azhar, said on Tuesday the dead should be respected
and buried, a clear criticism of how ousted Libyan leader
Muammar Gaddafi's body was put on show and left to rot for days
after his killing.
The statement by al-Azhar, published by Egypt's official
news agency, did not mention Gaddafi. But it clearly referred to
him by saying it was responding to "the many questions" related
to the mistreatment of the dead and other violent actions,
including acts by "tyrannical regimes," during Arab uprisings.
"We demand that all sides abide by the Islamic position that
forbids using violence against peaceful protests but also
forbids inhumane treatment of the injured and desecration of
dead bodies or keeping them without burial," said The Grand Imam
of al-Azhar, Ahmed el-Tayyeb.