She raised statements by the former Egyptian Grand Mufti and member of the Great Scholars Association in Al-Azhar, Ali Jumaa, in which he said that the Prophet Idris was the one who started construction on it, and that the famous Sphinx was the embodiment of it.
Social media activists shared a video clip of Friday during a meeting with the “Egypt, the Land of the Prophets” program broadcast on the official Egyptian TV, where it says, “There are many sayings that scholars favor, that the Prophet of God Idris was the one who started building the pyramids and the science of mummification, and that he directed a statue The Great Sphinx of Egypt is his face. "
Juma’s statements raised a lot of controversy, until the former Minister of Antiquities and the world-famous Egyptologist, Zahi Hawass, entered the crisis, who made statements in which he criticized Jumaa during an intervention on the “Story” program on Egypt mbc channel, last night, where he made it clear that "Sheikh Ali Jumaa is a jurist in religion, and he talked about archeology with information that has nothing to do with science, but that has been echoed by many of the archeology geek without knowledge or study."
He added: "There is no connection between the Prophet Idris and the Great Sphinx of Giza, which Ali Jumah said about was that of the Prophet Idris."
Hawass pointed out that "there is no evidence that the Prophet Idris built the pyramids or the Sphinx, but there is complete evidence confirming that King Djoser was the first to build a pyramid, and that Khafre is the one who built the Sphinx."
Hawas Ali Jumaa called for "non-advisory opinions in antiquities".
On the other hand, Jumah responded to Hawass's criticisms in a statement today, Monday, where he said: "I saw the statement issued by Dr. Zahi Hawas, the old friend who did not mean himself to communicate and did not mean himself to be acquainted with the program and relied on what was reported by the media."
The former mufti added: “If he had seen the program, he would have known that we have distinguished between scientific novels and folk narratives, as well as knowing that it is a program that shows the extent of Egyptians belonging to their country and their love for it, as it shows Egypt’s historical position that many people may not pay attention to.”
He continued: "But he (senses) did not pay attention to all of this and wanted to give us a lecture on archeology, which is something that we have not approached and do not even want in our program."
Juma pointed out that "this fall that Dr. Hawass left in it left the first steps of serious discussion and therefore we wanted to alert him to listen to the program first and see how we are from the first moment as we differentiate between scientific narratives - and that we left the sensory side of it - and the popular narratives that They cursed their owners with inappropriate words, claiming that it is only the source of knowledge. "
Ali Jumah concluded his statement by sending a greeting to the former Minister of Antiquities: "My greetings to Dr. Zahi Hawass ... The talk is not in popular accounts of the fatwa about something that I liked to tell you about what you do not know is that the fatwa is a statement of legal ruling and is not an analysis of the news of Arab travelers. My regards, Mister Zahi" .