”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”
NOTE: How far he gets is something altogether different. The Islamosantas (at least some of them) might be clapping now, but what they do later might indicate the future of El-Sisi’s agenda. Islamic history is littered with similar attempts only to be dashed upon the rocks.
Published on Dec 24, 2015
In a December 22 speech at Al-Azhar University, on the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday, Egyptian President Abd Al-Fattah Al-Sisi addressed an audience of Al-Azhar clerics, calling them to teach respect for others from the mosque pulpits. President Al-Sisi congratulated the Christians on Christmas, stating: “What divides us destroys us.”