(So much for President Sisi’s exhortation before Al Azhar that its sheikhs and ulema reform Islam in a way that makes the Muslim world cease to be “a source of anxiety, danger, killing and destruction for the rest of the world.”)
Political writer and thinker Dr. Khalid al-Montaser revealed in a February 2 article for El-Watan News that Al Azhar continues to encourage enmity for Christians and even incites their murder.
Montaser begins by asking, “Is it possible at this sensitive time — when murderous terrorists rest on texts and understandings of takfir,* murder, slaughter, and beheading — that Al Azhar magazine is offering free of charge a book whose latter half and every page — indeed every few lines — ends with “whoever disbelieves [infidels] strike off his head”?
Montaser goes on to mention an assortment of people who fit this profile — including Sufis, Shiites, philosophers, and Christians — as all people “deserving to be killed” according to this Al Azhar sponsored book.
In reality, however, in Egypt, it is the Christian Copts who are most targeted due to their sheer numbers (at least ten million) and the fact that, unlike the others, they — and their churches, and their crosses — stand out very clearly as true and original “infidels,” whereas Sufis, Shiites, and “philosophers” are not just much fewer in number but can and often do dissemble their identity when threatened by their more zealous kinsmen.
* Takir is when one Muslim denounces another Muslim of not being a true Muslim.