Minister of Justice Hossam Abdel Rehim said Sunday Egypt will succeed to eliminate terrorism which aims at its security and stability, adding that Egypt exerts strenuous efforts to uproot such dark evil at the intellectual and security levels.
Addressing a two-day symposium organized by the ministry on confronting terrorist ideologies, the minister said the Armed Forces and the police are exerting great efforts to confront terror at the security and military levels, adding that what Egypt is facing is an international and regional kind of terror that is orchestrated by some countries and organizations.
These countries fund and train terrorists and recruit youth for terrorist organizations through mass media and websites, he said, asserting that Egypt will succeed to curb and uproot terrorism.
The symposium is attended by representatives of various authorities and ministries.
Grand Imam of Al Azhar Dr Ahmed el Tayyeb said the Armed Forces and the police are fighting a ferocious war against terror and Takfiri organizations in Sinai and elsewhere in Egypt. Al Azhar stands side-by-side with the Egyptian state in the war on terror, he said.
In his address, read out on his behalf by Secretary General of Al Azhar’s Islamic Research Academy Dr Mohieddin Afifi, Al Azhar’s imam said Al Azhar exerts strenuous efforts to confront terror intellectually, referring to a new curriculum at Al Azhar institutes to correct misconceptions about a number of issues adopted by terrorist organizations such as Jihad.
Al Azhar teaches various sects including those against its ideology so that its students learn to be open and accept others, he added.
He explained that Jihad in Islam is not absolute but rather for defending self, the homeland, property and funds and not to attack others. Differences in religious beliefs and thought is never a reason for killing, he stressed.(MENA)