The Grand Mufti of Egypt: Armed demonstrations confute their peacefulness and cause dissention
The Grand Mufti of Egypt calls for the necessity of continuing efforts to emerge from violence and search for political solutions even in the face of difficulties and obstacles.
The Grand Mufti of Egypt, Dr. Shawqi Allam, called upon the Egyptian people to stand together against the ongoing violence in the country. He stressed that the murders on the streets of Egypt, the torching houses and state institutions, and the attacks on houses of worship are all among the enormities which are prohibited in Islamic law. The Grand Mufti strongly condemned in statements published in Saturday morning’s newspapers the abhorrent scenes of blood shed during the past days. He reminded the people that the destruction of the Ka’ba, which Muslims sanctify above everything else, is easier in the sight of God than the taking of the life of a believing servant of God. The Messenger of God said, “A Muslim remains within the scope of his religion as long as he does not shed prohibited blood.” He explained that the sin of murder is the first sin which God will judge on the day of Judgment.
The Grand Mufti stressed that carrying any kind of weapon in protests and marches is prohibited in Islamic law, confutes their peacefulness, and earns the perpetrator a great sin. This is because such an act entails the presumption of murder. In the Holy Qur`an, God warns of a great punishment for such an act when He says, “If a man kills a Believer intentionally, his recompense is Hell, to abide therein (forever): and the wrath and the curse of Allah are upon him, and a dreadful chastisement is prepared for him.” The Messenger of God (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Insulting a Muslim is considered a sin while fighting against him is disbelief.” The Grand Mufti of Egypt asked the concerned authorities to implement the law with those who seek to terrorize secure people or those who seek to attack public and government buildings.
Dr. ShawqiAllam mentioned that frequent bloodshed will take Egypt down a dangerous road, the consequences of which only God knows. He said that Egyptians must not allow their hands to be tainted by unlawfully shed blood.
He further called upon the necessity of continuing to exert efforts to emerge from violence and reach peaceful political solutions even in the face of difficulties and obstacles, thereby protecting the lives of Egyptians and ensuring societal peace.
The Grand Mufti of Egypt strongly condemned implementing strife in the current abominable political crisis with the aim of undermining co-existence between the people of one nation. He further stressed that any attempt to do this will fail and called upon all Egyptians to thwart any such attempts.
He clarified that it is necessary for us all to be aware of the nature of the current critical period that requires supporting state institutions, unity, and condemning discord. He called upon the Egyptian nation to dispel rumors fueling resentment and prayed to God the Almighty that Egypt might avoid hidden and manifest trials.