|Egyptian President al-Sisi|
Sisi: Islamic "Thinking Antagonizing the World" - Raymond Ibrahim
Speaking before Al-Azhar University and the Awqaf Ministry on New Year's Day, 2015, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said: "It's inconceivable that the thinking that we hold most sacred should cause the entire umma [Islamic world] to be a source of anxiety, danger, killing and destruction for the rest of the world. Impossible! That thinking - I am not saying "religion" but "thinking" - that corpus of texts and ideas that we have sacralized over the years, to the point that departing from them has become almost impossible, is antagonizing the entire world!"
"Is it possible that 1.6 billion people [Muslims] should want to kill the rest of the world's inhabitants - that is 7 billion - so that they themselves may live? Impossible!...We are in need of a religious revolution....This umma is being torn, it is being destroyed, it is being lost - and it is being lost by our own hands."
Sisi First Egyptian President to Attend Coptic Mass
Video footage broadcast by Egyptian state TV showed crowds cheering as President al-Sisi entered Saint Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo with churchmen and saluted Pope Tawadros II on the occasion of the annual Coptic Christmas mass.