Egypt’s Sisi: Islamic “Thinking” Is “Antagonizing the Entire World”
Posted by addisethiopia on January 3, 2015
‘ፊልድማርሻል‘ ሲሲ (ለመሆኑ ይህን ማዕረግ አንድ ጥይት እንኳ ሳይተኩሱ እንዴት አገኙት?) ይህን ያህል ድፍረት የተሞላበትን ንግግር ማሰማታቸውም በጣም ያስገርማል፡ መቼም ከልባቸው ከሆነ ሊደነቁ ይገባቸዋል። ግን የግብጽን እባብ ማመን ከባድ ነው! ፕሬዚደንቱ በዚህ ወር ወደ ኢትዮጵያ እንደሚጓዙ ተገልጧል፤ ከዚያ በፊት ግን ኩዌትን፣ ባሕሬይንና ኤሚራቶችን ይጎበኛሉ ተብሏል። ግን፡ በሌላ በኩል፡ ይህ ንግግራቸው በጉብኝታቸው ወቅት፡ የሽብር ፈጣሪዎቹ ዒላማ ሊያደርጋቸው አይችልምን? አያድርገው እንጂ፡ ምናልባት ከኢትዮጵያ ጉብኝታቸውስ ጋር ተቀነባብሮ እንደሆነ? ግብጽ በቅርቡ “ባድር 2014″ የተሰኘና ብዙ ወታደሮችንና የጦር አውሮፕላኖችን ያካተተ የውትድርና ልምምድ ከሌሎች አረብ አገሮች በአንድነት ታካሂድ ነበር፤ ባለፈው ወር ከኢሚራቶች ጋር ባደረገችው ልምምድ ሁለት ግብጻውያንና ሁለት የኤሚራት ወታደሮች ሞተው ነበር። ግብጻውያንና አረቦች ምናልባት ከአገራችን ጋር ጦርነት ለመክፈት ሰበብ እየፈለጉ ይሆን? ከዚህ በፊት ፕሬዚደንት ሙባረክ በአዲስ አበባ ጉብኝታቸው ጥቃት ደርሶባቸው እንደቆሰሉ የሚታወስ ነው።
Speaking before Al-Azhar and the Awqaf Ministry on New Year’s Day, 2015, and in connection to Prophet Muhammad’s upcoming birthday, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, a vocal supporter for a renewed vision of Islam, made what must be his most forceful and impassioned plea to date on the subject.
Among other things, Sisi said that the “corpus of [Islamic] texts and ideas that we have sacralized over the years” are “antagonizing the entire world”; that it is not “possible that 1.6 billion people [reference to the world’s Muslims] should want to kill the rest of the world’s inhabitants—that is 7 billion—so that they themselves may live”; and that Egypt (or the Islamic world in its entirety) “is being torn, it is being destroyed, it is being lost—and it is being lost by our own hands.”
The relevant excerpt from Sisi’s speech:
“I am referring here to the religious clerics. We have to think hard about what we are facing—and I have, in fact, addressed this topic a couple of times before. It’s inconceivable that the thinking that we hold most sacred should cause the entire umma [Islamic world] to be a source of anxiety, danger, killing and destruction for the rest of the world. Impossible!
That thinking—I am not saying “religion” but “thinking”—that corpus of 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 people [Muslims] should want to kill the rest of the world’s inhabitants—that is 7 billion—so that they themselves may live? Impossible!
I am saying these words here at Al Azhar, before this assembly of scholars and ulema—Allah Almighty be witness to your truth on Judgment Day concerning that which I’m talking about now.
All this that I am telling you, you cannot feel it if you remain trapped within this mindset. You need to step outside of yourselves to be able to observe it and reflect on it it from a more enlightened perspective.
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.
Note: It is unclear if in the last instance of umma Sisi is referring to Egypt (“the nation”) or if he is using it in the pan-Islamic sense as he did initially to refer to the entire Islamic world.