The Grand Imam of Egypt's al-Azhar, Shiekh Ahmed al-Tayeb expressed his sadness over the fire that destroyed part of the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, France, describing the cathedral as a "historical masterpiece".
The Dar al-Ifta in Egypt has created a graphics unit in an attempt to battle religious extremism through animated videos, but the jury is still out on whether the direction taken so far in two productions will persuade the target audience.
Egypt’s Ministry of Religious Endowments has opened an Islamic cultural center in each governorate to teach moderate Islam and fight radicalism; the volatile northern Sinai Peninsula, where the army fights religious fundamentalists, has three.
Al-Azhar University in Egypt recently hosted a symposium to shed light on the importance of peaceful coexistence between different religions. The symposium also included discussions on countering extremism and hate speech.
Egypt's highest Sunni Muslim authority, Al-Azhar, has recently released a statement which condemns all forms of harassment. The statement said that there are no justification for harassment and that "the one who carries it out is a sinner".
The Secretary-General of the Arab League Ahmed Aboul Gheit remarked that he will support any efforts that attempt to bring stability to Iraq and maintain its territorial integrity. This comes after a meeting with the head of the Wataniyah Coalition Ayad Allawi, who is currently visiting Egypt.