Al-Azhar University, the leading center in the world for Islamic learning, plans to launch its own TV channel to promote a moderate version of Islam, said Grand Imam Ahmed El-Tayeb on Thursday, according to a report in Ahram Online. The channel will debut with a trial run in July during Ramadan featuring religious, social, cultural, and historical programs.
The move is seen as a way to counter the numerous Islamic channels that spread extremist views. Egyptian religious stations are known for their anti-Semitic broadcasts. On Wednesday, Khaled Abdullah who hosts a program on Al-Nas, was given a suspended fine of 10,000 Egyptian Pounds or around $1,400 dollars, according to the report.
Meanwhile, Al-Azhar decided to open a branch in the Sinai according to a report in the Egyptian daily Al-Youm Al-Sabaa.