General El Sisi is the commander of Egypt’s armed forces and since President Morsi was thrown out of office he’s been running Egypt. A few days ago he gave a speech that was ignored by the Western Media. That speech was delivered to the Military Department of Moral Affairs in Egypt. During that speech General El Sisi called for a modernization of Islam. Specifically, he said:
“Religious discourse is the greatest battle and challenge facing the Egyptian people, pointing to the need for a NEW VISIION and a MODERN, comprehensive understanding of the religion of ISLAM rather than relying on a discourse that has not changed for 800 years.”
It is interesting to note that El Sisi said nothing about Zionism or Western oppression being the greatest threat Egypt faces today. He also did not speak of al Qaeda or the Muslim Brotherhood as being the major threat. Rather, he framed Egypt’s greatest struggle today as an ideological one with Islam. This is significant and this speech should have gotten a lot of attention in the Western media but, instead, it was ignored.
Eight hundred years ago some of the greatest Islamic scholars were alive. That would have been around 1213 A.D. That was about the time of the Mongols and the Mamluks. The Mamluks ruled Egypt from this time until the Ottoman conquest in 1517. They were the first power to defeat the Mongols in open combat in 1260 AD as the Mongols moved into Palestine and Egypt. They crushed the Mongols, in fact, at Ayn-Jalut which is near the town of Nazareth in Palestine. It was during this time that Islamic scholars ruled that all questions concerning Islam and interpretation of the Qur’an had been answered and there was no further need for discussion. Thus, the gates of interpretation were closed around 1258 AD. General El Sisi wants those gates reopened allowing for more critical examination and basically a reformation of Islam. Continue reading