CAIRO: Egypt’s Grand Mufti Mohamed Shawky Allam blamed “terrorist groups Saturday in a conference in Paris, for distorting the meaning of “jihad” and portraying it as an instrument for killing and slaughter, Youm 7 reported.
“We felt this dangerous status of spreading terrorist ideas, so last year we established an observatory for monitoring takfiri [hard-line Islamist] fatwas, in addition to organizing seminars abroad,” said the mufti, adding that “President Sisi is giving huge importance to fighting extremism and he is insisting on modernizing religious speech.”
The mufti said that the extremists are misusing Islam’s doctrine in terms of promoting their violent ideas to achieve their goals. .
The conference was attended by the French Minister of Interior who stressed his government’s will to gain experience in fighting terrorism from their Egyptian counterparts.