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Egypt's Sisi reiterates importance of fighting radicalism to Muslim Council of Elders

President El-Sisi underlined that Al-Azhar, the highest seat of in Sunni Islam, has a key role to play in countering extremism and developing a moderate religious discourse

Ahram Online , Sunday 22 Nov 2015
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President El-Sisi with the members of Muslim Council of Elders at Egyptian presidency in Cairo (Photo: Egyptian Presidency)
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Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi met in Cairo Saturday with members of the Muslim Council of Elders to underline the role of Al-Azhar — the highest institution in Sunni Islam — in fighting radicalism, the Egyptian presidency announced.

According to Egyptian presidency spokesperson Alaa Youssef, President El-Sisi stressed during his meeting with members of the council the urgency for Muslims to stand united in order to face terrorism.

The Muslim Council of Elders is an international independent organisation made up of mostly Sunni Muslim scholars. The council consists of 13 Sunni scholars and Sheikhs and one Shia scholar from Lebanon.

Based in the United Arab Emirates, the organisation, which was founded in 2014 to spread the spirit of dialogue and coexistence, is headed by Sheikh Ahmed El-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar. The organisation's main message "is to restore the role of scholars and to use their expertise and knowledge to improve Muslim societies by helping to eliminate causes of tension and division."

El-Sisi asserted that misguided religious concepts of some groups are the true reason behind radicalism and terrorism. 

He emphasised that Al-Azhar has a key role in the renewal of religious discourse, a theme the president has repeated in recent months. 

The Muslim Council of Elders had held an urgent meeting in Cairo earlier on Saturday upon an invitation from Sheikh El-Tayeb.

During the meeting, El-Tayeb condemned all "terrorist" acts, asserting that terrorism has no nationality and calling for a moderate religious rhetoric. 

In January, El-Sisi said during the World Economic Forum held in Switzerland that the tolerant nature of Islam was not clear to the world because of terrorism.

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Sam Enslow
22-11-2015 10:11pm
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tolerance?
Recently there was a Shi'a holiday. These so tolerant men closed Shi'a holy sites because they disagree with that branch of Islam. The Constitution of Egypt allows all freedom of worship. But these tolerant men thought nothing of ignoring it. A Christian near Alexandria want to enforce a court order concerning his land. The Salafi cause disturbances every time an attempt is made to enforce the Christian's rights. These wise men stay silent. A mob kills a woman for running away with a Christian man. These wise men are silent. No call is given to follow the law and rulings of the courts. Egyptians should accept the actions of an emotional mob as justice.
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Egyptian-Canadian
22-11-2015 07:28pm
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Muslim Council of Elders
QUOTE: " El-Tayeb condemned all "terrorist" acts, asserting that terrorism has no nationality and calling for a moderate religious rhetoric."UNQUOTE ALL decisions taken MUST be announced on the television channel CNN- USA..for the sake of Egyptians living in the WEST...they are suffering from abuse openly, they are not looked upon with respectability as previous years.. many think all Moslems are terrorists. IT IS NOT ENOUGH that El Azhar says to Egyptians, it should be heard and noted openly for all to hear IN THE WESTERN WORLD as well. El Azhar should give a weekly talk on CNN showing what Islam is truly about AND most importantly explain the excerpts that were changed by those terrorists...explain and explain and explain more in ALL worldly languages-in English & French & German & Italian- Chinese-etc.Translators are always available on CNN TV Channels Please think about it seriously
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Al
22-11-2015 03:40pm
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"Reiterates"
"Reiterates" really? this is wishy-washy at best. In these difficult and critical times more actions, more urgency, and specific plans are needed. Egypt dire economy is sliding toward junk status. Egyptian youth are on verge of joining ISIS. and the best the government could come up with is "Reiterates"
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