CAIRO: President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s speech was dominated with keywords such as morals, moderate religious discourse, poverty, and retribution at Al-Azhar conference center during a ceremony organized by the Ministry of Religious Endowment (Awqaf) to mark Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Decree) in the holy month of Ramadan on Thursday.
Laylat al-Qadr is the holiest night of the year for Muslims, where the first verses of the Quran were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad and believed to have taken place on the 27th of Ramdan, the month of fasting for Muslims. Mosques were overcrowded with people on Wednesday night to conduct Taraweeh prayer amid this spiritual day.
Sisi called for Egyptians sticking to their morals and hold a competition to reinforce the idea of morality.
He also said he would curb the ingrained poverty in Egypt, calling Egyptian expatriates to donate to Long Live Egypt Fund, clarifying he needs at least 100 billion to build Egypt up.
Sisi called on preachers to repair the religious discourse and to be moderate and tolerant when expressing Islam to Muslims. Repairing the discourse will not breach the basics of Islam.
He pledged to revenge to 22 soldiers, the “martyrs,” of the Farafra incident who were killed last week in an attack by anonymous gunmen that targeted a police Farafra checkpoint in Wadi el-Gedid with heavy weapons and RPG guns.
“Equivalence is a life saving law for you, O you who possess intelligence,” Sisi cited his words to verses 179 of Al-Baqarah in chapter two of the Quran.
Sisi honored the winners of the holy Quran competition during the ceremony as well as winners with special needs and mental disability competitions.
The prizes are valued at about one million pounds, according to state owned newspaper MENA.
The ceremony was organized by Ministry of Awqaf and attended by Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab, Al-Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed El Tayyeb, Egypt’s Mufti Shawky Allam, and Minister of Awqaf Mohamed Gomaa.