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Amr Khaled
Arabic: ¢amrū muhammad halmiyy khālid




Amr Khaled

Amr Khaled

Amr Khaled

Amr Khaled

Faces and expressions of Amr Khaled.

(1967-) Egyptian Muslim preacher, called the first Islamic tele-evangelist. He is considered one of the most influential in today's Muslim world.
He is very much a conservative, emphasizing many rigid regulations of Islam, but he appears not to be an Islamist. He has expressed strong opposition to the stand of Osama bin Laden; his attitude here may also reflect that the two are competitors in the run for Muslim hearts.
His message is that Muslims shall live responsibly in within the modern world. He has spoken out against the habit of smoking, littering the streets, being lazy and passive, and to urge young people to collect clothes for the poor and be active in democracy. His ideology has been named "Faith Based Development", in which one shall preserve the central ideas of Islam, transform ones individual lives and communities through Islam. As to the matter of the wide-spread attitude of self-pity in the Muslim world, he both states that Muslims should not caught by this, still that Muslims are "oppressed and tortured all over the world".
Any attempt to develop and fix Arab society that doesn't concentrate on faith -- the strongest, most beautiful element in the Arab being -- will not succeed; on the other hand, it will sway and rise for a while, and then fall. Because the main mover is not there.
Interview with Al-Ahram Weekly, 2005
He promotes living in peace with the West, clearly stating that there is no Western conspiracy against the Muslim world , that Muslims have a responsibility to give back to the world, not only ask for favours. Still, his assessments of the West are largely negative, ridiculing the West for being "fatigued by depression, suicide, addiction, broken families". He considers the values of the Western world to be alien to the Muslim; development towards a modern Muslim world shall not come by copying the West, but creating an alternative by the efforts of faithful Muslims.
He is a staunch defender of conservative dress for women, promoting hijab and niqab, pointing out that these garment protects her integrity and decency. Amr Khaled is said to be single most important force in promoting the hijab and niqab.
He has been accused by prominent Egyptian intellectuals for taqiyya, in which he appears as a moderate with Western friends, as a strong opponent of the West with his Oriental friends. His styles became ambiguous in regard to the issue of the Danish Cartoons (of Muhammad), in which he says nothing directly, but that the publishing should not have happened and that to Muslims their prophet is dearer than their own parents or the country they live in. He then went on to host an interfaith conference in Denmark, of all places. So it seems that he wishes to accept Western freedom of expression parallel to curtailing it.
Why Amr Khaled has become so popular rests with his charisma and his way of speaking to an audience. He resemble Christian evangelists. There is no doubt that he speaks from his heart and with honest emotions, expressing his whole personality in his speeches. Often he shuts his eyes when summoning a message from the depths of his soul, raising his voice to an excited squeal, before lowering his voice to a near whisper, all having a great impact on his audience.
Amr Khaled today has regular shows on Iqra, a Saudi-owned religious satellite channel.

Biography
1967 September 5: Born in Alexandria.
1988: Graduates from Cairo University with a degree in accounting.
1990: Begins preaching in local mosques, quickly gaining popularity.
1998: Become a full-time preachers, primarily through satellite TV-shows.
2001: Completes a degree in Islamic studies.
2003: Banned from preaching in Egypt.
2005: Returns to Egypt, sets up his office in Cairo.
2006 March: Hosts an interfaith conference in Copenhagen, following the Danish cartoons controversy.




By Tore Kjeilen