The Egyptian state’s religious institution, known as Al-Azhar, teaches the texts inspiring and guiding ISIS*. President Sisi has hinted that he knows it and rejects it. He did nothing more. In a recent Prophet Muhammad Birth Celebration, Sisi gave a word urging Azhar Sheikhs and Egypt’s religious preachers to refrain from extremism and try to be in harmony with the rest of the word. Some minutes later during the same event, Head of Azhar Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb also spoke and defiantly insisted that Azhar teaches nothing but the pure holy word of Allah. Is Sisi afraid of Azhar? Are his hands tied when it comes to correcting Azhar fanatic and fundamentalist methods? Who or what is keeping his hands tied? Do the bigots of Azhar believe ISIS is putting true Islam to action? Azhari Sheikhs have recently refused to declare them infidels.
Many Muslim reformists were announced infidels by Azhari Sheiks, Farag Fouda was targeted and killed because of one of their fatwas.
Egyptians revere Azhar, but they also absolutely abhor ISIS, and a sweeping majority of them don’t know that Azhar is ISIS, even when provided with evidence, they are reluctant to open there eyes and see Azhar for what it is. Dogma is bad.
Soldiers and policemen are killed daily on the borders and in cities. Do we have the luxury to let Azhar continue with spreading cancerous extremism? Do we have the economic prosperity to let Salafists preach poisonous hate speech to indoctrinable minds as they please? Do we have the audacity to let reformers like Islam Beheiry and Ibraheem Eissa strain their voices calling on deaf ears? Is time on our side?
The war against the dark forces of Azhar and Salafism is neither easy nor without sacrifices.
Project Azhar Down
Study in Azhar will be indefinitely suspended.
A committee will be formed comprising religious reformists (REFORMISTS NOT MODERATES), secular intellectuals (NOT SECULARS WITH THEOCRATIC TENDENCIES- yes we have those), and men of science (NOT UNIVERSITY PROFESSORS).
The committee will study current Azhar curricula, remove ancient rotten books not in line with the human civilization, and suggest new religious texts that suit the time we live in and encourage tolerance and acceptance of criticism. Quran will be reinterpreted to fit modern life and support multiculturalism, because people are adamant to live by this book. Hadiths will revised to eliminate madness and violence. This committee will be in charge of Azhar.
This is a huge and demanding project, but I think it is of national security importance. Men working in this committee will all be in agreement on the modern state system we seek. The new Azhar will be in control of all mosques and religious organizations of any kind, religious intolerance will be fiercely fought and hate speech will be penalized. Criticizing religion will be legal to offset fanaticism.
Before commencing with the project, Sisi will make an appearance on national TV to explain to the people how the old Azhar was spreading terrorism. He will announce the state’s new intention to end extremism once and for all. His tone will be decisive and subordinating, people will know they are going against the state if they stick to fundamentalism. Azhar will become a tool under the state’s titanium fist.
Religious reformation is Sisi’s to be or not to be, and some Egyptians’.
* http://ia902605.us.archive.org/2/items/waq77829/02_77830.pdf One of the books included in Azhar curricula, the Jihad chapter is page 506