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March 23, 2015 12:59 pm

Egypt’s El-Sisi Reiterates Call for ‘Religious Revolution’ in Islam

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JNS.org – Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi reiterated his call for a “religious revolution” in Islam, in which values of tolerance should be promoted in the face of growing extremism.

In an interview with the Egyptian state-run Holy Koran radio station, El-Sisi advocated for a “revolution in religious views,” saying the Islamic world needs to rethink and revolt “for religion and not against it,” Ahram Online reported.

Egyptians have faced a growing threat from Islamic State-affiliated terror groups in the Sinai Peninsula and in Libya. Islamic Linked-terrorists have launched repeated attacks against Egyptian security forces and civilians, including the murder of 21 Egyptian Christians last month in Libya.

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In a Jan. 1 speech at Egypt’s historic Al-Azhar University, El-Sisi had declared an ambitious plan for a “revolution” in Islam, with the goal of reforming a faith that he believes has made the Muslim world a source of “destruction” that is “making enemies of the whole world.”

“So 1.6 billion people [in the Muslim world] will kill the entire world of 7 billion? That’s impossible… We need a religious revolution,” he said.

El-Sisi’s vision includes purging Islam of extremist intolerance and violence, elements that terror groups like al-Qaeda and Islamic State use as recruitment tools.

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  • Given the zeitgeist of the Arab world, Sisi must present his ‘revolution’ as a renewal of the original Islamic message before colonialism corrupted Islam. For instance, the Koran itself says that G-d gave Israel to the Jewish people ( Koran 5:20,21 and 45:16). ISIL is not the way forward.

  • Paul

    Sisi appears to be one of the most sane and reasonable national leaders in the middle East. What a shame Obama does not support him