Meanwhile, Middle East Forum reports on a speech made by al-Sisi on New Year's Day before Al-Azhar and the Awqaf Ministry calling for a different vision for Islam. Al-Sisi said in part:
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!
... [T]hat corpus of texts and ideas that we have sacralized over the years... 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!
... 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.[Thanks to Geoff Rapp for the leaad.]