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TAKFIR WA AL-HIJRAH

TAKFIR WA AL-HIJRAH, JAMA`AT AL-. After a group of radical Muslims in Cairo abducted and assassinated Shaykh Muhammad Husayn al-Dhahabi, a former Egyptian minister of awqaf and Azhar affairs, in July 1977, the Egyptian media referred to this group as Jama`at al-Takfir wa al-Hijrah. The term defies simple definition, but the meaning is clear: the society "which accuses [nominal Muslims] of unbelief' (takftr) and urges [true Muslims] to "emigrate" (hijrah) from the paganism of modern Egypt. Thi ...more

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