The Grand Mufti sends televised messages to Egyptians in advent of the presidential elections
Out of concern for the future of Egypt and the current critical situation which the nation is going through, the Grand Mufti of Egypt, Dr. Shawki Allam sent a televised message to the Egyptian people in light of the presidential elections which will take place on the 26th and 27th of the current month.
In his message, the Grand Mufti emphasized on the importance of effective participation in the presidential elections which will determine the future of Egypt. He also advised Egyptians to choose the candidate who meets the condition of leadership and is best able to manage the affairs of the country and the people.
The Grand Mufti on the other hand strongly condemned the errorneous fatwas which aim at prohibiting election participation. He added that such misleading fatwas could not be further from the divine Shari'ah as these fatwas lack all the necessary criteria for fatwa issuance foremost of which is understanding the reality of the times and taking into consideration consequences and objectives, and the interests of the country and the people.
The sole purpose for disseminating such aberrant fatwas is to sow sedition and instigate dissonance among Egyptians. This heinous purpose is prohibited in religion as provoking dissention and inciting disunity brings nothing but destruction and calamities on the nation at large.
The Grand Mufti ended his message by confirming that both the Azhar, and Dar al-Ifta` will always be on the alert for what they call fatwas, which are in essence nothing but calls for destruction and incitements to chaos. Dar al- Iftaa and the Azhar will safeguard the tolerance of Islam and the moderateness of its rulings and methodologies. Egypt will remain a thorn in the flesh of any external and internal transgressors and aggressors and will shatter the dreams of those who desire to tear its national and social fabric.
Here is the full transcript of the Grand Mufti's speech to the Egyptian nation:
The Grand Mufti’s message to the Egyptian people
Proceeding from my concern for the present and future of the nation; in order to preserve its national unity; in order for all Egyptians to enjoy security, freedom, dignity in a country that can accommodate all of its components without color, gender, religious, or racial discrimination; out of love for all the sons of this nation; and proceeding from my religious, national, moral, and humanitarian responsibility, I extend to you this short message.
Everybody knows that our dear Egypt is currently going through a crucial period in its history. It anticipates a future that will, by the will of God, restore its cultural, scientific, intellectual, and political leadership role that will remove the ruins of many years and move forwards towards a bright future characterized by justice, labor, construction, development, and supremacy of law.
In a few days we will be heading towards an important entitlement, the presidential elections. We therefore call upon the great Egyptian people to participate strongly and effectively in the elections in the interest of the country and its stability. And because this is a great responsibility that the people owe to their country and nation, they should not ignore it or turn their backs to it.
All Egyptians must unite and deal positively with these important electoral entitlements. Each citizen must conscientiously choose the candidate who meets the conditions of leadership and is best able to manage the affairs of the country and the people. They must also abide by the results of the elections and by the decision of the Supreme Committee of Elections. We ask God the Almighty that the elections pave the way for the future of the people and fulfill their aspirations in order that Egypt may resume its place among the community of nations.
Some people issue erroneous fatwas prohibiting election participation. At times they even attempt to impose their deviant views, insisting that they are right, that any other opinion is gross error, and that their views express religious truths. To these people I say that any opinion that maintains the prohibition of election participation is totally rejected and lacks the necessary criteria for fatwa issuance, foremost of which is understanding the reality of the times and taking into consideration consequences and objectives, and the interests of the country and the people.
Proponents of such deviant opinions seek to sow sedition and dissonance and all of this is considered a departure from what Egyptians have agreed upon. Their call provokes dissension which is prohibited in religion due to the words of God the Almighty Who says, “Persecution is worse than slaughter.” Their views distort this religion which came to unite the people without diversities.
Let them know that Egypt, the Azhar, and Dar al-Ifta` will always be on the alert for what they call fatwas, which are in essence nothing but calls for destruction and incitements to chaos. By the will of God, we will safeguard the tolerance of Islam and the moderateness of its rulings and methodologies. Egypt will remain a thorn in the flesh of any external and internal transgressors and aggressors and will shatter the dreams of those who desire to tear its national and social fabric.
Every call that lacks the objectives of Islamic law leads to blood-shed, the destruction of nations, or violates the high values of morals and is therefore categorically rejected. The appropriate religious address is the Divine, prophetic, humane, refined, moral address that reaches the ears of the people, fills their hearts with peace, and subdues their desire for evil and dissension. Such an address fills hearts with tranquility and spreads mercy and peace of mind among the people and the nation. It is an address rich with knowledge, patience and vision—it preserves countries, respects man, promotes civilization, and draws the people close to their Lord.
I send my message to the Egyptians, the great people of civilization, the nation which has remained steadfast against all the adversities of history. I ask them to remain optimistic, for Egypt is approaching a new phase. With hope, work, positivity, and moral values we will by the will of God overcome all of the challenges of this stage.
Yes, Egypt anticipates the future with hope and will gain its power through faith in God the Almighty. And through the endeavors of its children, it will deliver the message of great hope and hard work to all humanity.
The Egyptian people possess a strong will; they must stand united to confront this danger and pass this stage through hard work on all levels. They must block all the means to unrest, participate in the building of their country, and refuse to allow any person or entity to threaten the existence of Egypt and its stability.
I am fully convinced that by the will of God the 26th and 27th of this month will be a strong starting point for the return of stability in our beloved country.
Promising youth of Egypt, virtuous women of Egypt, dutiful men of Egypt—Egypt calls upon you, so respond responsibly and with honesty.
May Allah protect Egypt and make us all its dutiful children