Egypt’s military leader, who called for a revolution in Islam to change its violent reputation, has stirred Muslim clerics and commentators on Muslim Brotherhood television channels to call for his death.
Anyone who kills Egyptian President Abd Al-Fattah Al-Sisi and the journalists who support him would be doing a good dead, cleric Salama Abd Al-Qawi said on Rabea TV. Meanwhile, cleric Wagdi Ghoneim told Misr Alan TV that “whoever can bring us the head of one of these dogs and Hell-dwellers,” referring to Sisi and his supporters, would be rewarded by Allah.
The calls for Sisi’s death, translated and reported by the Middle East Media Research Institute, were made on programs broadcast in January by Muslim Brotherhood channels based in Turkey.
As WND reported, four weeks after Sisi’s fiery speech to Islamic clerics at Al-Azhar University calling for a “revolution” in the faith to change its reputation as a violent religion at war with the world, the Muslim world has been largely silent.
Asked to comment on Sisi’s call, WND received no response from Muslim organizations in the U.S., including the Islamic Society of North America and the Muslim Student Association. In the case of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, the spokesman hung up when asked for comment.
Sisi came to power in Egypt in 2013 when, after four days of massive national protests, he led a military coup that ousted the Muslim Brotherhood government of President Mohamed Morsi and suspended the constitution.
In 1981, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat was assassinated during a military parade by associates of the Muslim Brotherhood after a fatwa approving the assassination had been obtained from Omar Abdel-Rahman, known as the “Blind Sheik.” Rahman was later convicted in New York for his role in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. When Morsi was in power, he lobbied the Obama White House for the release of Rahman to Egypt.
This week, a delegation of senior exiled members of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood seeking to restore the Brotherhood to power in Egypt came to Washington and met with several senators, according to the Investigative Project on Terrorism.
Meanwhile, on Rabea TV, a moderator asked the cleric Qawi: “Is it possible that someone will be influenced by what you say and will simply kill Al-Sisi and rid us of all this?”
Qawi replied: “Doing this would be a great deed that would bring (the killer) closer to Allah.”
“So are you issuing a fatwa?” the moderator asked.
Qawi said: “Anyone who can do this to Al-Sisi will be doing a good deed, and if he gets killed in the process, he will become a martyr.
“You mean Al-Sisi?” the moderator clarified.
“No, the killer will become a martyr. The same goes for all the criminal leaders. This is a good deed, and anyone who can do this will become closer to Allah.”
A guest asked: “Who says this? You or the religion of Islam?”
Qawi replied: “Islam does. Who am I? I’m nobody.”
On Misr Alan TV, the cleric Ghoneim was asked by the moderator: “Is it fair to say that (Egyptian TV host) Ahmad Musa and other journalists are like the [poets who affronted the Prophet Muhammad in early Islam]?”
The cleric replied: “They are even worse. I say this live on TV. By Allah, whoever can bring us the head of one of these dogs and Hell-dwellers, will be rewarded by Allah.”
Ghoneim further stated: “We can say this loud and clear. … These people spread falsehoods and fabricate lies. They are like worn-out shoes on the feet of ScumSisi.”
Commentator Muhammad Awadh said the journalists who support Sisi “are the mouthpieces of this violent regime.”
“They are complicit in all crimes with their incitement,” he said. “The crime of the accomplice is the crime of the perpetrator. Since the article 87 of the penal code stipulates that Al-Sisi and his gang of coup leaders should be punished by death, then the punishment for those inciting coup journalists is also death.”
In his New Year’s Day remarks at Al Azhar University in Cairo, Sisi urged the imams to take responsibility to change the world’s view of Islam.
“I say and repeat again that we are in need of a religious revolution,” he said. “You, imams, are responsible before Allah. The entire world, I say it again, the entire world is waiting for your next move … because this ummah (Muslim community) is being torn, it is being destroyed, it is being lost – and it is being lost by our own hands.”