- - Sunday, February 1, 2015

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Upon a world marred by Islamic turmoil, terror and violence, a gift of inestimable value has been bestowed. On Dec. 28, in a speech directed at Islamic religious scholars and clerics, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said, “It is inconceivable that the ideology we sanctify should make our entire nation a source of concern, danger, killing and destruction all over the world. Honorable [Grand Sheik of Al-Azhar], you bear responsibility before Allah. The world in its entirety awaits your words, because the Islamic nation is being torn apart, destroyed and is headed to perdition. We ourselves are bringing it to perdition. We need to revolutionize our religion … . “(“Islamic ideology driving terrorists to kill, Egypt’s president tells clerics,” Web, Jan. 11).

The extraordinary, unprecedented courage of Mr. el-Sissi in taking this position (and endangering his life) stands in stark contrast to the misguided message of world lay, political and religious leaders who deceive the public by denying that the atrocities, which Mr. el-Sissi seeks to correct, are of Islamic origin. The significance to world peace of these momentous words, spoken not by our heads of state or religions, but amazingly by a leader of the Muslim world and the head of the most populous Arab nation, preposterously falls on deaf ears.

It is incumbent on our president, Congress, their equivalents in the free world, and lay and ecclesiastic leaders to express appreciation and support of Mr. el-Sissi for his stance. Criticism of harsh measures against the Muslim Brotherhood, opponents of his regime, should be set aside. In any society, order must come before justice and freedom.

In like vein, the Muslim community in the United States must be exhorted to openly and positively endorse and support Mr. el-Sissi’s courageous action. As Mr. el-Sissi said in his selfless move to bring peace to the world: “We need to revolutionize our religion.”

ROBERT I. LAPPIN

Swampscott, Mass.


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