The Muslim Judicial Council (MJC – Cape Town) was recently approached by the Egyptian Embassy to facilitate the Cape Town leg of a planned visit to South Africa by the Grand Mufti of Egypt and his delegation. Their intended visit to South Africa was planned for 2nd and 3rd October 2016 with the main objectives of their visit as outlined by the Egyptian Embassy in Pretoria being:
- Support the efforts made by the MJC and other Ulama bodies in South Africa in their service to Islam.
- Correct possible wrong fatwas and underlining the real moderate values of Islam.
It is gratifying to note that the MJC has declined to host Egypt’s Grand Mufti’s visit and we applaud and endorse their decision. The fact of the matter is that Egypt’s Grand Mufti, Shawki Allam has been instrumental in supporting the illegal coup of Egypt by General Sisi. He has stood in solidarity with Sisi as he butchered thousands of innocents throughout Egypt as he supplanted Egypt’s legitimate government through brutal military force. He is guilty of signing the death sentence for the execution of Egypt’s democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, a Hafiz of Quran, who strove to revive Islam in Egypt.
This “Mufti”, who is drenched, head to toe, in support of a despotic government that fights against the revival of Islam and treacherously gives support to Israel, now wants to support efforts in the service of Islam in South Africa and wishes to save us from our wrong Fatwas and teach us the meaning of moderate Islam. There are no words that can adequately describe the insulting arrogance of the objectives of this planned visit.
The Jamiatul Ulama KZN distances itself from any notion that we would support this visit in any way. We are pleased to learn that a docket has been opened seeking the investigation, arrest and prosecution of the Egyptian Grand Mufti Shawki Ibrahim Abdel-Karim Allam for his role in supporting the illegitimate Sisi regime and enabling its crimes in terms of international law. Just as there is no place in South Africa for the war criminals of Israel, so too must there be no place for the war criminals of Egypt.
Jamiatul Ulama (KZN)
Council of Muslim Theologians
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Durban, South Africa
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