AFRICA/EGYPT - New appeal of Egyptian President al Sisi to free "religious discourse" from extremist ideas

Thursday, 30 June 2016 islam  


Cairo (Agenzia Fides) - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al Sisi has returned to urge the Arabs and Muslims to make common front against terrorism, freeing "religious discourse" and activities inspired by it, from any condescension towards ideas and extremist views. "The Muslim world" stressed the Head of the Egyptian State "is going through a very risky turning point, and is facing unprecedented challenges in the lives of its peoples". An emergency condition that requires "convergent efforts by all of us, setting aside the differences".
President al Sisi addressed his appeal during a televised speech made to commemorate Laylat Al-Kadr, the "night of destiny", during which Muslims believe that Muhammad had the revelation as written in the first verses of the Koran (and corresponds to one of the odd nights of the last ten days of the holy month of Ramadan). In particular, al Sisi addressed the scholars of the Islamic University of Al Azhar, inviting them to "rethink religious discourse", to free it from all the factors that negatively influence ideas and common behaviors in Islamic communities.
It is not the first time that the Egyptian President turns to the Islamic religious authorities launching an urgent need to engage in an energetic way to eradicate bigotry and sectarian rifts. At the beginning of 2015, in a famous speech to scholars and religious leaders linked to al-Azhar (see Fides 02/01/2015), al Sisi declared that the Islamic world can no longer be perceived as "a source of anxiety, danger , death and destruction" for the rest of humanity, and religious leaders of Islam must "come out of themselves "and favor a "religious Revolution" to eradicate bigotry and replace it with a "more enlightened view of the world". (GV) (Agenzia Fides 30/06/2016)