Source: Agenzia Fides – MIL OSI
Headline: AFRICA/EGYPT – Egyptian Grand Mufti: political Islam has become “a nightmare” for Muslims and the whole world
Cairo – The historical phenomenon of political Islam, which was intended to be an appeal to proclaim one’s belonging to Islam and to awaken the Islamic faith in people’s hearts, adhering to Islamic values and the noblest morals, “has turned out to be a real disaster”, turning “into a nightmare that disturbs not only the Islamic Umma, but the whole world”. This is what Sheikh Shawki Ibrahim Abdel-Karim Allam, current Grand Mufti of the Arab Republic of Egypt reports. The Egyptian Grand Mufti expressed this on Friday 27 September, during his weekly interview broadcast on the satellite channel Sada Elbalad, in the program conducted by the journalist Hamdi Rizk. Political Islam – added Sheikh Shawki Allam – represents a political exploitation of the Islamic faith, implemented to achieve certain gains in power, and is a phenomenon that has often surfaced in various forms in the historical history of Islam. The declared target of the Grand Mufti’s criticisms is the Muslim Brotherhood movement, that emerged in the 20th century from the preaching of Hasan al Banna . The Grand Mufti, in his TV speech, also outlined the historical ancestry of the Muslim Brotherhood.