I previously posted text from this speech but it is so important that when I found the video I decided to post it separately and not as an update. It's the New Year's Day address delivered by Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, President of Egypt to a group of the nation's Islamic clerics and scholars.
Many of us have been waiting a very LONG time for leaders in the Muslim world to stand up and forcefully denounce the corruption of Islam that is the direct inspiration for terrorist violence around the world. The following is a short clip, two minutes and 48 seconds and well worth your time. There is a passion and an compelling quality that comes through despite the language barrier that no plain transcript can deliver:
al-Sisi: 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!This is the speech Obama should have delivered in Cairo in 2009 where he bent over backwards to apologize to Muslims for America. And this speech by al-Sisi should be trumpeted by the Obama Administration. Instead, Obama is still punishing the Egyptian government for answering the call of millions of Egyptians who demanded the overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood, a radical organization with direct historic ties to Al Queda.
I am saying these words here at Al Azhar, before this assembly of scholars and ulema—Allah Almighty be witness to your truth on Judgment Day concerning that which I’m talking about now.
All this that I am telling you, you cannot feel it if you remain trapped within this mindset. You need to step outside of yourselves to be able to observe it and reflect on it from a more enlightened perspective.
I say and repeat again that we are in need of a religious revolution. You, imams, are responsible before Allah. The entire world, I say it again, the entire world is waiting for your next move… because this umma is being torn, it is being destroyed, it is being lost—and it is being lost by our own hands.
It is only by recognizing the problem within Islam and it's linkage to terrorism that we can work to defeat the evil ideology that corrupts this religion. Sadly, Obama and so many on the left continue to refuse to admit the reality as presented by al-Sisi. Until they do, the problem will get worse, not better!