Friday, January 9, 2015
Egypt’s Sisi: 1.6 Billion Muslims Antagonizing the Entire World In unusual speech, Egyptian leader tells clerics Islam has become 'a source of anxiety, danger, killing and destruction' for humanity.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi delivered a highly unusual and surprisingto Islamic clerics at Cairo's Al-Azhar University , and a translated version has been uploaded to .
“It’sthat the thinking that we hold most sacred should cause the entire umma (multinational community of Muslim believers) to be a source of , danger, killing and destruction for the rest of the world,” Sisi declaimed. “Impossible!”
“That thinking – I am not saying ‘religion’ but ‘thinking’ – thatof 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 [Muslims] should want to kill the rest of the world’s inhabitants – that is 7 billion – so that they themselves may live? Impossible!…
“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," said Sisi.