Al Ahzar sells out to corrupt Dictator
[Egyption President] Mubarak is paranoid that the Muslim Brotherhood is gonna get him [assassinate him]. Literally.
28 (?) years of illegal power due to emergency law and HM [his majesty, a term used sarcasticly as Egypt is not SUPPOSED to be a monarchy] is freaked because he knows the natives are very restless and sick of his dictatorial regime. Not that there's any reason though...Mass corruption and governmental greed doesn't ruffle anyone's feathers... *eyeroll*
Anyways, the Muslim Brotherhood promotes the niqaab, among other things. Given that the hijab spread like wildfire like 30 years ago, the government is paranoid that the niqaab is a sign that the Muslim Brotherhood is taking over and therefore treats niqaabis like crap. Hubby says there's been roundups of niqaabis and thobe-and-kufi'd men in the past. Then last year, they said nurses couldn't wear them in hospitals. Ugh.
So Mubarak put Tantawi into his position quite a while back and Tantawi has been a good little soldier, putting out edicts that are downright unislamic in exchange for...well, whatever it is that HM is bribing him with. Like the time he said that certain types of fixed riba were permissible...Epic fail.
And now Tantawi goofed and the whole world knows not to listen to Al-Azhar.