The Advisor to the Grand Mufti of Egypt interview with NPR
In an interview with NPR, Dr. Ibrahim Negm, Advisor to the Grand Mufti of Egypt, said that the world is not immune to the danger of extremism and terrorism and stressed the necessity of exerting more efforts to fight the cancer of terrorism on both the military and intellectual levels.
Dr. Negm added that Dar al-Iftaa al-Misriyyah rejects all forms of violence and terrorism in the name of religion.
Dr. Negm pointed out the necessity of distinguishing between the noble message of Islam, characterized by mercy and peace, and the fallacies and practices adopted by terrorists and extremists who distort the tolerant teachings of Islam.
Dr. Negm said that the media apparatus of the political violence movements is bent on distorting Egypt’s image before some of the international decision–making circles. He added that no one can ever eliminate or marginalize Egypt’s pivotal regional and international role.
Dr. Negm furthermore stressed that that Muslim Americans are part and parcel of American society—they are citizens with all rights and duties.
He added that inter-faith dialogue is a requisite in modern times, adding that Dr. Shawqi Allam, the Grand Mufti of Egypt, and a delegation of scholars from Dar al-Iftaa will visit the US to correct the image of Islam there.