Pope signs declaration with Grand Sheikh of al-Azhar condemning “terrorism and oppression” carried out in God’s name

Pope Francis has “met with Emirate leaders and signed a joint declaration together with Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, the grand imam of Cairo’s Al-Azhar University, condemning ‘acts of murder, exile, terrorism and oppression’ carried out in God’s name.”

This sounds admirable and appears on paper to the gullible to be a source of hope, but the character of el-Tayeb does not match up to the document he just signed with Pope Francis.

This is the real face of the revered Islamic leader, the Grand Sheikh of al-Azhar:

He blames the unrest in the Middle East on “world Zionism” and refuses to denounce the Islamic State as un-Islamic.
He broke off “dialogue” with Pope Benedict in 2011 because Benedict referred to the jihad mass murder of 23 Coptic Christians in Alexandra as “terrorism” that “brutally affected worshippers” and was part of a “strategy of violence” against Christians. He then called for protection for religious minorities. And what was the reaction from el-Tayeb to the Pope’s reasonable remarks? El-Tayeb blamed Benedict for “interference” in Egyptian internal affairs, which might result in a “negative political reaction” in Egypt and the Middle East in general.
In a shocking videotaped CNN exclusive after Trump moved the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, el-Tayeb referred to Jerusalem as “100 percent Arab” under Israeli occupation, stated that “no religion” would support the declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and said that decisions such as this one would nurture terrorism. He added that because of this decision, the East and the West would “drown in seas of blood.”
He has justified anti-Semitism on Qur’anic grounds.
He called for the Islamic State murderers of the Jordanian pilot to be crucified or have their hands and feet amputated on opposite sides (as per the penalty in Qur’an 5:33 for those who make war against Allah and his messenger or spread “mischief” in the land).
Al-Azhar has also been revealed to be offering free copies of a book that called for the slaughter of Christians and other Infidels.
The words “peace” and “el-Tayeb” are clearly at odds in the same sentence, so what possible reason could el-Tayeb have for signing an anti-terrorism document with Pope Francis? “War is deceit,” said Muhammad. Last year, el-Tayeb thanked Pope Francis for his “defense of Islam.” The Pope has done a superb public relations job for Islam in presenting it as a religion of peace.

“Pope Leads Largest Christian Service Ever on Arabian Peninsula,” by Thomas D. Williams, Breitbart, February 5, 2019:

Pope Francis celebrated an outdoor Mass in Abu Dhabi Tuesday with the attendance of an estimated 170,000 faithful, by far the largest Christian worship service ever held on the Arabian Peninsula.

At the apex of his historic three-day visit to the United Arab Emirates, the pontiff told the faithful to be “oases of peace” during his homily, in which he also urged them to live by the Beatitudes preached by Jesus.

Francis has become the first pope in history to visit the Arabian peninsula, the birthplace of Islam and home to the Muslim holy sites of Mecca and Medina.

In an Arab land where public displays of non-Islamic beliefs are severely restricted, the broadcasting of Christian hymns over loudspeakers proved a milestone and seemed to back claims of religious tolerance by the Emirates, where conversion from Islam is still punishable by death.

Cheers erupted inside and outside the Zayed Sports City stadium upon the arrival of the pope, who passed through the crowds in his popemobile, in the midst of chants of “Viva il Papa” and “We love you!”

According to the organizers of the service, the faithful attending the Mass were mostly foreigners, hailing from 100 different countries.

In his homily, the pontiff acknowledged the sufferings endured by many of the congregation.

“To live the life of the blessed and following the way of Jesus does not, however, mean always being cheerful,” Francis said. “Someone who is afflicted, who suffers injustice, who does everything he can to be a peacemaker, knows what it means to suffer. It is most certainly not easy for you to live far from home, missing the affection of your loved ones, and perhaps also feeling uncertainty about the future. But the Lord is faithful and does not abandon his people.”

On Monday, the pope met with Emirate leaders and signed a joint declaration together with Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, the grand imam of Cairo’s Al-Azhar University, condemning “acts of murder, exile, terrorism and oppression” carried out in God’s name.

We “resolutely declare that religions must never incite war, hateful attitudes, hostility and extremism, nor must they incite violence or the shedding of blood,” the document reads. These tragic realities are the consequence of a deviation from religious teachings.”…..

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