Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt again declared its commitment to the government and people of Indonesia in developing a moderate and open-minded Islam. It was conveyed by Grand Sheikh Al-Azhar, Ahmad Mohamed Tayeb in his meeting with Indonesian Ambassador to Egypt, Helmy Fauzi, Vice Chairman of Indonesian Mosque Council, Police Commissioner Syafrudin, and Indonesian Muslim Intellectualist Komarudin Hidayat in Cairo on Sunday, May 13th. Helmy Fauzi recently said to Radio Republik Indonesia (RRI) in Cairo that Al-Azhar had agreed to help Indonesia in the form of training for mosque management, clerics, and curriculum development and placement of Al-Azhar lecturer at International Islamic University of Indonesia. The Indonesian mosque administrators will be trained in Al-Azhar Cairo for 1-2 months. During the training, Al-Azhar will provide actual materials, such as terrorism, women's issues, and fanatical groups.
“The strengthening of Indonesian Mosque Council, training of mosque officials is focusing on mosque management, capacity building to improve the priest's ability in the mosque. Because mosque is a place where people ask about various issues about Islam. Well, Al-Azhar will assist the training of clerics and mosque administrator,” Helmy Fauzi said.
Meanwhile, Grand Sheikh Mohamed Tayeb revealed that Al-Azhar currently is needed to intervene and help Indonesian Muslims to ward off the infiltration of new groups.