Grand Imam of Al-Azhar and Chairman of the Muslim Council of Elders to Visit Iraq in January 2024
His Eminence Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar and Chairman of the Muslim Council of Elders, is scheduled to visit the Republic of Iraq in January 2024, for the very first time.
The Grand Imam expressed his joy in visiting Iraq, a land steeped in history, the cradle of Arab identity, and a homeland of civilization and prophets. His Eminence also conveyed his deep appreciation and affection for the Iraqi people.
For his part, the Prime Minister of Iraq Mohammed Shia’ Al-Sudani expressed his delight at the anticipated and significant visit of the Grand Imam, which is eagerly awaited by Iraqis of all backgrounds. He also emphasized the high regard in which His Eminence is held regionally, within the Islamic world, and internationally and stressed that the Grand Imam’s upcoming visit to Iraq will be of great interest to all Iraqis and will undoubtedly resonate deeply with Muslims, given Al-Azhar’s esteemed position as the world’s largest Islamic institution.
This visit also holds paramount importance for His Eminence the Grand Imam, particularly in terms of supporting Islamic causes. Foremost among these is the unity, solidarity, and cohesion of the Muslim world. Preparations for the Grand Imam’s Iraq visit had commenced at an earlier stage but were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.