Islamic authorities in Egypt have condemned the jihadist violence that has seen Coptic Christians flee the terror of ISIS in northern Egypt.
An Islamic group known as the House of Fatwa has decried the recent murders of Christians by radical Muslims, Aleteia reports.
In a statement released on Monday, February 27, following news of another murdered Christian, the group said the targeted attacks were an attempt to destroy Egypt’s unity. The House of Fatwa is chaired by the Grand Mufti of Egypt – the highest official of religious law in the country.
The ultra-conservative Islamic Salafi party Al-Nur also condemened the terror attacks, emphasising that ISIS’ actions ‘go against the teachings of Islam’.
Today, Egypt’s leading Muslim and Christian clerics gathered for a conference in Cairo to promote peaceful coexistence between the religious groups, according to Arab News. The ‘Freedom and Citizenship’ conference is organised by Sunni Islam’s most prominent university, Al-Azhar.
Addressing the jihadist violence across the country, Al-Azhar’s head Sheikh Ahmed Tayeb said: ‘Exonerating religions from terrorism no longer suffices in the face of these barbaric challenges.’ Teyeb called for an end to ‘the lingering mistrust and tensions between religious leaders that are no longer justified, for if there is no peace between the proponents of religions first, the proponents cannot give it to the people’.
Coptic Christian Pope Tawadros II emphasised that ISIS’ terrorism represented a ‘mistaken understanding of religion’ and called for ‘fighting extremist thought with enlightened thought’.
Source: Abouna.org & Christiantoday.com