Egyptian President Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi’s made an historic speech before a large group of Muslim religious scholars and clerics gathered to celebrate the birth of Islam’s prophet, Muhammad. The speech occurred on December 28, 2014 at Al Azhar University in Cairo, regarded by many as the world’s leading Sunni Muslim institution of learning.1 MEMRI video and English translation can be found here. I have excerpted below key points from President al-Sisi’s speech:
… and we are not doing enough with regard to true religious discourse. The problem has never been with our faith. Perhaps the problem lies with ideology, and this ideology is sanctified among us. … I am talking to the religious scholars and clerics. We must take a long, hard look at the current situation. … It is inconceivable that the ideology that we sanctify should make our entire nation a source of concern, danger, killing, and destruction all over the world. It is inconceivable that this ideology, I am referring not to “religion” but to “ideology” — the body of ideas and texts that we have sanctified in the course of centuries, to the point that challenging them has become very difficult. It has reached the point that (this ideology) has become hostile to the entire world. Is it conceivable that 1.6 billion (Muslims) would kill the world’s population of 7 billion, so that they could live (on their own)? This is inconceivable. I say these things here, at Al-Azhar, before religious clerics and scholars. … You cannot see things clearly when you are locked (in this ideology). You must emerge from it and look from outside in order to get closer to a truly enlightened ideology. You must oppose it with resolve. Let me say again: We need to revolutionize our religion. Honorable Imam: (the Grand Sheik of Al-Azhar)2: you bear responsibility before Allah. The world in its entirety awaits your words because the Islamic nation is being torn apart, destroyed, and is heading to perditon. We ourselves are bringing it to perdition.
The last statement President al-Sisi makes is significant. He lays responsibility at none other than the #2 leading Muslim of influence in the world3, Professor Dr Sheikh Ahmad Muhammad Al-Tayyeb, the Grand Imam of al-Azhar University. Even though the Grand Imam has denounced the Islamic State (Here), apparently President al-Sisi believes that in order to truly save Islam, more must be done. The Sunni Muslim leadership must “revolutionize our religion” because it has become “hostile to the world.” (There were no Shias at the meeting so it is doubtful that Islam will be revolutionized so long as Shias await the time of their revenge against Sunnis. Read my book for more.)
The quest for world dominion by Islamist groups such as the Islamic State, HAMAS, Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaeda and similar terrorist organizations is publicly acknowedged by al-Sisi’s statements. He makes a profound and revealing statement when he says: “Is it conceivable that 1.6 billion (Muslims) would kill the world’s population of 7 billion, so that they could live (on their own)? This is inconceivable.”
Perhaps we should look at Scripture to see if the ideology that has been “sanctified” in Islam is prophesied in Scripture:
Revelation 13:7-8 (NASB) It was also given to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them, and authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation was given to him. All who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain.
Daniel 7:23 (NASB) “Thus he said: ‘The fourth beast will be a fourth kingdom on the earth, which will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth and tread it down and crush it.
President al-Sisi represents non-Islamist Muslims all over the world, Muslims who value peace, the right of all to chose their own religion, and to do so without prejudice or the threat of personal injury. He is a breath of fresh air in Islam.
Jesus come quickly.
Blessings and Happy New Year.
Footnotes to post:
- Al Azhar is today the chief centre of Arabic literature and Islamic learning in the world. It was founded in 970 by the Sunni Fatimids as a centre of Islamic learning. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-Azhar_University accessed January 6, 2015 [↩]
- The Grand Imam of Al-Azhar is a “respectable prestigious Sunni Islam title and a prominent official title in Egypt, and is considered by some Muslims to be the highest authority in Sunni Islamic thought and Islamic jurisprudence… The current Grand Imam of Al-Azhar is Mohamed Ahmed el-Tayeb. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Imam_of_al-Azhar accessed January 6, 2015 [↩]
- according to the Top 50 report of the world’s top 500 Muslims [↩]