Hopeful signs from Egypt: Al-Ahram reports that the Egyptian president has called for purging radical Islamism from religious discourse. And for the second year running, reports Elder of Ziyon, the annual Ramadan TV soap has depicted Jews in a positive light.
President al-Sisi (photo: AFP)
“The Muslim world is going through a dangerous turning point and is
facing unprecedented challenges targeting its existence and people, [and
facing this] requires concerted efforts from all of us while putting
all differences aside,” El-Sisi said during a speech Wednesday.
El-Sisi warned against those exploiting sectarian or ethnic differences to cause division in the Muslim world.
The president made his remarks during a nationally televised address
commemorating the anniversary of Laylat Al-Kadr (Night of Destiny), when
Muslims believe the first verses of the Quran were revealed to the
The president also urged scholars from Egypt’s Al-Azhar, the highest
seat of Sunni Muslim learning, to rethink religious discourse and “purge
it of flaws” that negatively affect Islam.
El-Sisi has more than once blamed outdated “religious discourse” for
holding back Egypt and called for “a religious revolution” in Islam,
saying that radicalized thinking has become a source of destruction for
the rest of the world.