“What Divides Us Destroys Us”

The following MEMRI video shows excerpts from an address given last week by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to an audience at Al-Azhar University in Cairo on the occasion of Mohammed’s birthday. Gen. el-Sisi takes the opportunity to send Christmas greetings to Christians among his fellow countrymen. He calls for true religious freedom in Egypt, where citizens should be free to choose their religion without fear of physical or social coercion. He tells the clerics in his audience that this is the message they should preach from the pulpits of their mosques.

Watch as the camera pans across the audience, and you’ll see a lot of hats that look like truncated Santa Claus caps. These are badges of office worn by scholars who have been certified in their Islamic studies by Al-Azhar University, the most prestigious academic institution in Islam. What President el-Sisi is telling them is contrary to the “consensus of the scholars”, that is, to more than a thousand years of universally accepted Islamic principle and praxis.

What he is calling for is, in effect, the rewriting of the basis of Islamic law. And his words are being spoken in the heart of Islamic scholarship and jurisprudence. It’s a remarkable moment:

Hat tip: Nash Montana.

22 thoughts on ““What Divides Us Destroys Us”

  1. Sounds like an eminently reasonable guy. But that zebibah on the forehead constantly causes me concern. Aloha Snackbar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yeeeeeehawd!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. El Sisi us one of the few allies we have in the Muslim world.

    The speech that he gave in January of this year at Al Azhar shows that he understands his country’s problems.

    • So how is that relates to unicorn-shaped “Moderate Muslims”, immutability of Literal Word of God, and all that stuff?

      I am confused.

      • Good question. I note that you haven’t received a reply from Mr Chatterjee. I’m also amazed that no one has called Sisi a ‘taqiyya artist’ yet.

          • Actually I don’t like the term ‘moderate Muslims’. But for different reasons from many here. I’d rather call them ‘deluded Muslims’ & at least give them credit for sincerity, rather than assuming that they’re all intending to deceive us. Self-deception is a very powerful drive.

            Which doesn’t mean that some are not intending to deceive, of course. I’m sure that the primary meaning of jihad is armed struggle. But that doesn’t mean that many Muslims don’t sincerely believe that its primary meaning is interior spiritual struggle. Many don’t know what their own foundational texts actually say & believe their religion to be similar to Christianity. It’s a great pity that the western churches don’t seize on this opportunity.

            I also think that when the chips are down, the distinction between ‘moderate’/self-deceiving Muslims will be irrelevant unless they actively & fundamentally change sides.

    • Okey Dokey mate. Let’s take the gloves off. I agree Sisi understands his countries problems as evidenced by his takedown of mb supremacist morsi and subsequent embarrassing and exposing of American mb supremacist barry soetoro. However, Egypt perpetually sits on the edge of cultural extinction, via economic and starvation annihilation, as a function of islam-influenced catastrophic agricultural practices and his actions may simply be a function of his pragmatism. Morsi was about jihad and caliphate at any expense; and, like barry soetoro a narcissistic, Marxist influenced annihilationist. The individual and the people don’t matter to indoctrinated Satanists like them.

      The difference I see is Sisi cares about his culture and people and I suspect he has a deep understanding of pre-islamic Egyptian culture. I won’t elaborate on his personal development, as a function of his military training, as that is readily apparent; at this point I reckon the future of Egypt benefits tremendously from it, unlike America, whose military robustness has been emasculated under barry s and the American mb. Who would have thought?

      Neither does Sisi strike me as a Globalist. He, like Putin, understands that Globalization will de-ball him and leave his people and nation even more exposed to eventual irrelevance; dependent on the Globalist elites to feed them. And I reckon Sisi is abundantly aware that Israel will tan his hide if the need arrives.

      Nationalism comes in many flavours; it is tribalism in its essence. Tribalism is the essence and extension of the nuclear family. The further we stretch tribalism the more we risk the destruction of the concept of Nation and the nuclear family resulting in un-fettered reproduction without any of the benefits of societal value but fraught with the self-destructive tendencies we see in single parent and moslim family structure – the inevitable destruction of western civilization. The nation and its culture built on the tribe based on the nuclear family.

      I’d love to see Baron and Dymphna and Mark Bracken and MC inNation, et al, weigh in. I’m positively disposed towards Sisi as I am Zuhdi Jasser and Tarek Fatah and some others, but at the end of the day they are still moslims and Sisi has that demonstrative ZEB. There ain;t no rational dealing with islam nor moslims – so Cry Me a River.

      • yepp, something like that.

        one of the most striking thoughts I’ve stumbled upon, while browsing the accompanying refs (I think in “Citizen Warior”), is that Islam was started by a sociopath to promote sociopathy, – so that its ruling elite stays at that negative selection pressure, culturally/genetically, for 1400 years..

        there are other examples of such inhumane religious systems, – Aztec, Moloch cults, etc.

        I would say, Hellenics (and Hindu, and maybe ancient Egyptians) were essentially eclectic in that regard, whereas Judaism/Christianity are rather antithetical to sociopathic ways, and designed to institutionally reverse the societal/genetic degradation made by the preceding archaic cults.

        Briefly, “Islam worships Satan”. 🙂
        Or, other words, “In Moral Sense Evolution, Islam is the dead branch”.

        I think Gen. Sisi has some intuitive understanding of all that, which, combined with his civil stance (patriotism), caused that desperate motion at al-Ahzar.

        Anyway, it looks like the whole “Moderate Muslims”, “Separation”, “Nature or Nurture”, “Sociopathy” debates are brought together and lit up by rainbow colors.

  3. He gave a remarkable speech and I must credit him with the courage to make it to such an audience. I don’t think Obama would have any use for his speechwriter. I did notice that during the pans of applause, many of the white hats didn’t look too pleased with what he was saying. I wonder if there has been any Copt reaction to the speech. That would be interesting to hear.

  4. He will be executed by the most devout clerics for apostasy before any sharia law is rewritten. Hillary and the rest of the Muslim Brotherhood supporting Obama administration will be cheering on his execution.

    • they tried to remove Sisi not once and failed every time, that is exactly why they are listening to him now.

      I suspect majority of these clerics are simply opportunists, so for them True Muslim == Strong Muslim, if any strength is from Allah then why bother challenging it.

    • Nimrod,
      Yes indeed. Isn’t that strange. . . that we elect a dictator, unreasonable, muslim/invaders worshiper, native hater, irrational clown, . . . every four or five (France) years, and we call it democracy. Why common sense is so uncommon?

      It does not matter if a person rules for 40 years if he / she is rational, knows what to do to avoid WARS.

      It is a deadly sin to elect rulers every 4 years that are either stupid, or unconscionably selfish, and every action and decision of theirs push the west – day by day- to the brink of wars/ disasters unbeknownst since eternity — and will be so great as to match the unlimited level of the traitors’ unlimited, unfathomable stupidity.

      Prior to 1970s every country’s goal was to repel invasion, especially by the soldiers of allah.

      After 1970s Only Europe and Australia started to think that black is white, and up is down and started to surrender their own nations to the invaders as something very noble for which . . the traitors thinks. . . they deserve several prizes of laurels for exploits no one but them can perform.

  5. And…

    in a speech delivered at Al-Azhar on December 28, 2014, Egyptian President Abd Al-Fattah Al-Sisi called on Muslim clerics to combat extremist ideology and said: “We need to revolutionize our religion.”

    Calling for “religious discourse that is in keeping with its times,” Al-Sisi warned that “the Islamic nation is being torn apart and destroyed” by extremism.

    Al-Sisi challenged the very core beliefs of those scholars when he implied it was a ridiculous notion that 1.6 billion Muslims should murder 5.4 billion non-Muslims.

    While al-Sisi drew a line of distinction between religion and ideology when it comes to Islam, his speech was a diplomatic assault on Muslim fundamentalism from the heart of his country’s source of such thinking:


    • And that his protective detail haven’t been infiltrated and taught the Byzantine arts of poison rings, daggers in the dark, silken bowstrings, etc.
      Could also be a Trojan horse to re-enforce the cherished Western belief in the ‘moderate Muslim’.

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