Egypt’s President Al Sisi _ A Lone Voice Of Reason Calls For A Revolution Within Islam

Egypt’s President, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, did something quite remarkable; maybe even historic, on New Year’s Day. The Middle East Forum (by way of this American Thinker article) has the report:

Speaking before Al-Azhar and the Awqaf Ministry on New Year’s Day, 2015, in connection to Prophet Muhammad’s upcoming birthday, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, a vocal supporter for a renewed vision of Islam, made what must be his most forceful and impassioned plea to date on the subject.

Here is the translation of the pertinent part of what President al Sisi had to say:

I am referring here to the religious clerics. We have to think hard about what we are facing—and I have, in fact, addressed this topic a couple of times before. It’s inconceivable that the thinking that we hold most sacred should cause the entire umma [Islamic world] to be a source of anxiety, danger, killing and destruction for the rest of the world. Impossible!

That thinking—I am not saying “religion” but “thinking”—that corpus of texts and ideas that we have sacralized over the years, to the point that departing from them has become almost impossible, is antagonizing the entire world. It’s antagonizing the entire world!

Is it possible that 1.6 billion people [Muslims] should want to kill the rest of the world’s inhabitants—that is 7 billion—so that they themselves may live? Impossible!

I am saying these words here at Al Azhar, before this assembly of scholars and ulema—Allah Almighty be witness to your truth on Judgment Day concerning that which I’m talking about now.

All this that I am telling you, you cannot feel it if you remain trapped within this mindset. You need to step outside of yourselves to be able to observe it and reflect on it from a more enlightened perspective.

I say and repeat again that we are in need of a religious revolution. You, imams, are responsible before Allah. The entire world, I say it again, the entire world is waiting for your next move… because this umma is being torn, it is being destroyed, it is being lost—and it is being lost by our own hands.

At last, someone with standing in the Muslim world has said what needs to said. It’s a shame that this story has received next to no media attention. Clearly, President Al Sisi understands that the atrocities committed in the name of Islam are, if however slowly, turning the world against Islam and it will not end well for the out numbered Muslims.

Will the imams heed Sisi’s words? We can not know at this time. What is needed is for other heads of states from the Muslim world; like Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iraq, Turkey, and etc., to echo Sisi’s call for a revolution within Islam. Then maybe we could see some positive change toward tamping down the radical elements of Islam.

I won’t be holding my breath; but it is a nice thought for the New Year.

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?


12 thoughts on “Egypt’s President Al Sisi _ A Lone Voice Of Reason Calls For A Revolution Within Islam

  1. Peace under Islam? A religious revolution? Is it really the ‘extremists’ who misunderstand Islam? Perhaps it is the ‘peaceful Muslim’ who misunderstand the true intent of Islam and not the extremist. Walid Shoebat makes the case here –

    Do we not see false prophets throughout Christianity today (Obama)? It seems to be en vogue these days to cherry pick scriptures from the Bible which fit todays progressive Christians beliefs. Anything resembling an Orthodox belief is considered extremist these days.

    The Quran calls for strict adherence to a caliphate and what is now called extremist Islam.

    The point is who is an extremist today? Those who adhere to a religious belief strictly and in totality or those who advocate a more tolerant, diminished version? Last I heard, the Bible and the Quran both call for 100% compliance with the entire book, not just the parts people agree with and find more palatable to conform to.

    Islam-lite or Christian-lite may be much more appealing to the average sinner but that isn’t the intent of the Word of God.

    Jim, I’ve no doubt your goal in promoting a less violent, less radical Muslim leader are with the best of intentions, but I have to wonder if peace under Islamic rule is feasible when in truth leaders such as al-Sisi are false prophets. He may hope for peace but his religion does not.

  2. Thank you for posting this. He has gone beyond after that day but no-one is reporting. In every day activities and in supporting a multi-religious country as best he can, not against the moderated but the fundamentalists. While there is still plenty of work, one of the things he said and did is hold Al Azhar responsible for monitoring the “fatwa” that some of the crazy clerics use to create terrorists. Additionally, he was the first president to visit Coptic Christian services on their Christmas day (Jan 7th). And believe you me, many Egyptians live in fear of his assassination, so does the police, secret service and army. Regardless, he is out there for the people, walking, encouraging bike rides and alternative transport and trying to fix (as much as possible) 60 years of no planning and bad investments. I wonder how much Obama did? When I watch actions and reactions around the world. One action not liked by the current cabinet, results in a terrorist attack in that country. Let me remind everyone, that at the same time at 17 died in Paris, more than 2000 died in Nigeria at the hands of ISIS. Hypocricy is an interesting concept here…One gets media and leadership support and the other does not receive more than a few articles. I wonder… does everyone know that the French President was considering removing the sanctions imposed on Russia as a vassal of the USA just before the event? It may be just a coincident but too many have been happening lately. Just my thoughts and sorry if grammer and spelling suffered.

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