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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

In a statement clearly intended to end terror recruitment at home and abroad, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi urged clerics Thursday to confront “misleading ideologies harming Islam and Muslims worldwide.”

Many terrorist groups broadcast radical Islamist sermons via the Internet and satellite television as well as social networking sites in order to recruit new members to their jihadist cause. At least one produces a full-fledged Internet magazine.

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Egyptian military and police forces have been focusing their efforts on eliminating terror bases and training camps embedded in the Sinai Peninsula over the past several years.

The local Al Qaeda-linked Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis recently swore allegiance to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terror organization. Also in Sinai are Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad and Army of Islam terror bases, among others.

Sisi also told the clerics at al-Azhar and the Awqaf Ministry it is important to renew “religious discourse” and spread moderate teachings of Islam, and urged Muslims to “follow the prophet.”

The Egyptian leader offered his greetings Muslims and Christians on the occasion of the birthday of the prophet Muhammed, founder of Islam, and on the New Year.

He praised efforts by the country’s armed forces and the police to provide security and defend the nation. Sisi underlined in particular the importance of fighting terrorism, which he pointed out “tarnishes the image” of the greater Islamic nation in the world.

The Egyptian leader made the statements during the Awqaf Ministry’s celebrations of the anniversary of the birthday of the prophet Muhammed, the founder of Islam. The Awqaf is the ministry of religious endowments; in Israel it is known as the “Waqf.” The Cairo-based Al-Azhar, founded in 970 CE, is known as the primary global center of Islamic and Arabic learning.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

20 COMMENTS

  1. This man has the power to stabilize the area. Without a stable Egypt, the Middle East will completely collapse. I pray he is serious and keeps his act together. A Muslim Brotherhood control of Egypt would be a disaster for peace in the region and the world. Obama detests SiSi. There is no love lost the other way around either. Pray for peace, the option is terrible!

  2. How do they confront what they belueve in the deepest recesses of their souls? Their clerics and mullahs and muftis and ayatollas have to stage well-publicized debates, armed with facts and with rhetorical eloquence. You can’t just show them where or how they supposedly don’t understand their own religion, you have to convince them.

    I think that it could be that they might know a whole bunch about their own religion of violence than what moderates give them credit for knowing. These extremists aren’t idiots. They’ve been at thus game for 1500 years since the inception of this religion.

  3. what about his order to ban Jews to visit the grave of Rabbi Abu Hatzeira who is buried in Eygpt and when the Jews asked to remove his body from Eygpt and bring it Israel enabling jews to visit the sainted Rabbi's grave, the Eygptians refused that too, and wants to re-write the bible since they are ashamed of the year defeat thousand of years ago during the period of Exodus and their defeat and humiliations continued for centuries to 1948,1956, 1967, 1973, till today.

    Notice that with each each Eygptian defeat, their soldiers throw away their shoes and run away. They need education to know the difference between:
    defeat and defeet.
    = =

  4. Just to correct your information to readjust your thoughts . Rabbi grave issue started in 2000 and took all that time in the courts untill it reached this point after 15 years (in the courts) which means it was not as simple and easy as you think .I recommend that you read the topic in details not just a leading and poor head line. About wars and fights and regardless again about details .people in egypt believe that in 6 october 1973 egypt crossed suez canal (fact) and israel accepted peaceful leaving whole sainai till taba . After refusing all proposals that sadat made (fact too) .swhich means (regardless who won or lost) that people are not thinking that way and soldiers the same . Israel is not threatening us anymore so we dont really care that much . But what is interesting is that you did not make a comment about the article it self 🙂 .as if you are programmed you will wtite the same if the headline was (sisi went to the zoo ) 😀

  5. lets say 90% !!! well . he did not at all ask Muslims to abandon the teaching of the Koran … he asked them to read ONLY the quran and to get rid of the OLD ages Tafseer ,,feqh,,hadith ,,,sunna ,, etc which has nothing to do with quran . and there is not any calls to kill in quran by the way its just mindless and brain washed people who thinks that from the both teams ( i mean from muslims and people who hates muslims “sorry no offend“ )

  6. politically ,,,, SISI is the most popular leader in the arab world now .and what he says is not something from the moon . he just said what many people say (like my self) and on media (that they dont want you to watch) . he is not a fool to say this without foundation and support .not only from egyptians but also from the whole Muslim countries .

  7. Sisi should realize that in 21st century coup is outdated.his coup was brutal, inhuman, barbaric and ferocious animal like act.he should seek apology to egyptian. He knows very well only 5% of egyptian supported him in ballot.what he is saying about misleading islam and at the same he called king Abdullah of saudi is the king of arab(the worst primitive monarch in this globe). The only problem in muslim world is power military dictator like sisi and monarchs. Elimination monarchism and dictator like sisi will solve all the problem of muslim countries.

  8. I am very glad to see this extraordinary speech.
    I think he is a brave man for speaking it.
    I hope & pray, a Fatwah is not issued with Abdel Fattah al-Sisi'shis fate name on it.
    And he doesn't end up being targeted/assassinated, like Anwar Sadat was.

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