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Egypt's Sisi calls for purging religious discourse of extremist ideas

Ahram Online , Wednesday 29 Jun 2016
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Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi (AFP)
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Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi urged Arab and Muslim countries to unite in the face of terrorism and called for purging religious discourse of extremism.

"The Muslim world is going through a dangerous turning point and is facing unprecedented challenges targeting its existence and people, [and facing this] requires concerted efforts from all of us while putting all differences aside," El-Sisi said during a speech Wednesday.

El-Sisi warned against those exploiting sectarian or ethnic differences to cause division in the Muslim world.

The president made his remarks during a nationally televised address commemorating the anniversary of Laylat Al-Kadr (Night of Destiny), when Muslims believe the first verses of the Quran were revealed to the Prophet Mohammed.

The president also urged scholars from Egypt's Al-Azhar, the highest seat of Sunni Muslim learning, to rethink religious discourse and "purge it of flaws" that negatively affect Islam.

El-Sisi has more than once blamed outdated "religious discourse" for holding back Egypt and called for "a religious revolution" in Islam, saying that radicalized thinking has become a source of destruction for the rest of the world.

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David Sandler
06-07-2016 04:42am
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True leadership
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has shown bravery and leadership in addressing the source of terrorism. The change must come from within in teaching and spreading values that support peace and tolerance. I hope many other Middle East and world leaders join his call.
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Pharaoh
06-07-2016 08:57pm
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I commend you for the comment. However, El sisi needs to take action. Calling for it will solve nothing. This is the job of scholars and he needs to mobilize a group of scholars to change the discourse and set the pace for the ministry of endowments. Al azhar will follow suit. Any sort of embreachments from the new discourse, needs to be countered. This means that instead of security crackdowns, we have counter discourses every time a word is said.
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Brien Doyle
02-07-2016 04:18am
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Belief vs Truth
We demand proof for the existence of the beliefs before we have discourse on those beliefs. Doesn't leave much left for discourse!
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Mahmoud Rateb
03-07-2016 02:42pm
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who r u to demand proof for the existence of the beliefs
If u r a none believer its your problem.If u ever read the Coraan and understood the many miracles and information that we Just started to discover
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Margaret
30-06-2016 09:42pm
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Peace for Egypt
I agree with every word. Plus Egypt, through tourism, has been and inshallah will again be in a unique position to show people around the world what true Islamic teachings are. We are probably the most visited Muslim majority country in the world, we could do so much to change the current discourse on Islam among ordinary Western/European people.
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Margaret
30-06-2016 09:42pm
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Peace for Egypt
I agree with every word. Plus Egypt, through tourism, has been and inshallah will again be in a unique position to show people around the world what true Islamic teachings are. We are probably the most visited Muslim majority country in the world, we could do so much to change the current discourse on Islam among ordinary Western/European people.
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Pharaoh
30-06-2016 01:36pm
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Hire the right people to do that. Calling on it won't do anything. Hire saad el din el helaly to put a team together to figure out how to change the discourse. Then use politics to forge a concensus. Then let the people decide if it works. If it doesn't work for people then redo the process.
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Al
29-06-2016 08:01pm
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You mean Saudi?
"Sisi warned against those exploiting sectarian or ethnic differences to cause division in the Muslim world" ... sure Saudi tried on multiple occasions to ram their Wahhabi venom down Egyptian throats every chance they had!
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Egyptian-Canadian
29-06-2016 07:22pm
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Atrocious happenings
A great conscientious President. Thank you… El Azhar and Islamic LEADERS – Should go on International Television Channels: CNN/ABC/CBC/France24/BBC/ etc. and TALK and EXPLAIN to STOP fanatical acts. Never ever in the history of the Islamic Religion, the murders, killings, suicides, heads chopped off, people burned alive, etc. Outrageous acts and triple so during Ramadan THIS IS NOT ISLAMIC
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Allen
29-06-2016 07:54pm
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Apparently it is, as it is so commonly practiced.
More importantly most of the time it does not seem to bother Al Azhar as they remain SILENT.
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Sam Enslow
29-06-2016 05:14pm
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Sectarian hatreds must be challenged locally, in villages and small towns. The founders of no religion preached hatred. Jesus commanded us to love one another and to do onto others as we would have done to us. Islam has similar teachings. Have these been forgotten while everyone fights over the Nature or Identity of the Messenger? Have religious institutions become more important than the teachings of those whose name they say they honor? Religion is not about wearing a beard or hanging a cross around your neck. It is about how you lead your (not your neighbor's) life. In the story if the Good Samaritan, Jesus says the non-believer was the true man of God because he actually helped while the others were too busy praising God -- for public show. God is described as Love, All Compassionate, Most Merciful. Religion is to uplift the human spirit - not beat it down. Where is Hope? Are we not to forgive others as we ask God to forgive us? God is about Love, not Fear.
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