Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Reuters
During a speech commemorating Laylat El-Qadr (The Night of Power) of the holy month of Ramadan, El-Sisi said the essence of Islam bears illustrations of mercy, tolerance, cooperation, hard work, construction, and reasoning of the right understanding of God's holy text and His divine wisdom.
"Conscious and enlightened religious discourse is a key element to counter destructive extremist ideology," El-Sisi stressed, urging more efforts towards disseminating sound understanding and raising awareness of the religion and homeland’s affairs.
Such efforts, El-Sisi noted, would realise the country's main goal of preserving the essence of religion and raising the awareness of children and youth about the dangers of extremist thoughts and the magnitude of the challenges the country is facing.
The Egyptian president expressed his appreciation of the scholars of Egypt's Al-Azhar, the Sunni Muslim world’s top religious institution, and the Ministry of Religious Endowments (Awqaf), which is responsible for administering mosques nationwide.
"I look forward to seeing a promising generation of young scholars and intellectual imams who would contribute to addressing our current issues within the framework of understanding the reality, developments, and challenges of our time while adhering to the fundamentals of Islamic Sharia law," the president added.
The celebration was attended by a host of Islamic figures and officials.
During the event, President El-Sisi honoured the winners of the 28th international competition in memorising the Holy Quran.
El-Sisi said the Holy Quran and its sublime purposes uphold the interest of all mankind.
The celebration witnessed the screening of a documentary entitled "Egypt in the Service of the Holy Quran."
The film shed light on the international competition organised by Egypt in memorising the Holy Quran, noting that it now includes understanding and explaining the Quranic verses.
Laylat El-Qadr is also known as the Night of Destiny, the night on which God first revealed the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad.
The night, which is one of the odd nights of the final 10 days of Ramadan, is described in the Holy Quran as better than 1,000 months.