President Abdel Fattah El Sisi's Speech on Occasion Marking Celebration of Prophet Mohammed's Birthday Anniversary
Wednesday، 21 November 2018 - 12:13 PM
In the Name of Allah, the Most Compassionate and the Most Merciful
His Eminence Grand Sheikh of Al Azhar,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
May Allah’s Peace, Mercy and Blessings be Upon You,
As we gather today to celebrate the anniversary of the Blessed Birthday of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH); the Prophet of Mercy and Humanity, we pray to Allah Almighty to bless the Egyptian people as well as both the Arab and Islamic nations with many returns of this great occasion.
Brothers and Sisters,
Undoubtedly, the message of Islam revealed to Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) who was sent as mercy to the world was very keen to establish the principles and rules of peaceful co-existence among mankind and the right of all peoples to a decent life regardless of their religion, color or gender. Allah Almighty Created us as nations and tribes that are culturally, religiously and ethnically diverse to get acquainted with each other; henceforth, we are in a dire need today to interpret the meaning and essence of this lofty message into a practical code of conduct and a tangible reality.
Our orthodox religion taught us not to impose religion on others and thereby entrenching the values of tolerance and acceptance of others; however, regrettably enough, some among us misunderstood the true essence of Islam and the sublime teachings of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH); they not only fell in the ditch of misinterpretation and got lost away from moderation and tolerant Sharia laws, but also adopted untamed viewpoints and extremist opinions, thus exceeding the Quran and the Sunnah (tradition) of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) as regards the sanctity of protecting human life and safeguarding it from harm and assault.
To counter this phenomenon, each one of us has to be honest enough in standing up to his responsibilities; ““Each of you is a shepherd and is responsible for his flock”. On top of these responsibilities comes that of correcting misconceptions as well as unveiling the true tolerant nature of Islam and relying on strong argument and providing evidence to refute the claims of those who try to abusively exploit religion.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Unquestionably, building of personality and enlightenment of minds on solid foundations, is by all means the main pivot of all efforts exerted with the aim of realizing societies’ development and progress; this is what the State set it as a strategic goal during the current period. Henceforth, I call upon our preachers, scholars and imams to exert more efforts to undertake their enlightenment responsibility. Let us recall the virtuous values of Islam that our Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) urged us to adopt; the values that call for work, construction and perfectionism so as to stand firmly in the face of those who trigger malicious calls for extremism and terrorism.
Despite the efforts of these scholars, imams and intellectuals, and their pivotal role in this intellectual and civilizational struggle, we look forward to more efforts to re-read our intellectual heritage, a realistic and an in-depth reading. And then, we derive from this rich heritage what benefits us in our time and copes with the requirements of our age as well as the nature of its new developments and lightens the way to a brighter future, if Allah's Willing, for our homeland, our nation and future generations of our children.
Let us save minds from their perplexity, alert souls from their heedlessness, and disseminate the true and tolerant concepts of Islam. Be careful to inculcate the lofty human values in hearts and minds in order to renounce violence and hatred.
The Great Egyptian people
Our beloved Prophet, (PBUH) is still an example to all people for his great ethics. So let us follow the Prophet of Mercy, who was sent to complete the noble ethical values, to make our beloved homeland Egypt a beacon of peace and elevation and regain its deserved status as a center of civilization, science and culture for all humanity.
Happy Returns of the Day
Peace, Mercy and Blessings of Allah be Upon You