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EGYPT: DEATH OF SHEIK MOHAMMED MUTWALI SHARAWI MOURNED

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(18 Jun 1998) Natural Sound Thousands of Egyptians, many of them weeping and chanting religious slogans, mourned the death on Wednesday of Sheik Mohammed Mutwali Sharawi, a leading Muslim cleric. Sharawi, died aged 87 at his home near the pyramids of Giza. The cause of his death was not announced but he had been hospitalized for severe asthma last week. Cairo mourned on Wednesday, as the death was announced of Egypt's most popular cleric, Sheik Mohammed Mutwali Sharawi. In his home village of Daqadous in the Nile Delta, thousands poured into narrow, dirt streets in a procession that carried Sharawi's body to the cemetery. Black-uniformed police were forced to push back crowds that surged toward the green coffin. Many mourners were chanting, "There is no god but God." Sharawi was famous in Egypt for a religious lecture he gave every Friday on Egyptian television It was widely watched because of the simple way in which he conveyed Islamic principles and because he spoke in a colloquial dialect of Arabic. His books, videotapes and cassettes are available at bookstores and sidewalk stalls across Cairo. His teachings and rulings won him wide acclaim in the Muslim world, but they were also controversial and considered outdated by some moderate Muslims. He angered feminists and human rights activists by supporting female circumcision and by ruling that women should not be appointed to top government positions or become judges. In what was possibly his most controversial move, he gave thanks to God after Egypt suffered a calamitous defeat in the 1967 Arab-Israeli War. Asked why, he said that if Nasser had won the war, Egypt would have become a communist country. Sharawi is survived by three sons and two daughters. You can license this story through AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/youtube/7588fb0076400c00e0bf5d37a45e5a36 Find out more about AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/HowWeWork
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