| What Does the Pope Know About His “Friend and Dear Brother” El-Tayyeb? (Part One)
| Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Jihad Watch : Just before he left for to the U.A.E. earlier this month, Pope Francis sent a video message to the Emirati people: “I
thank the friend and dear brother the Grand Imam Sheikh el-Tayyeb and
those who have organised this meeting for the will and courage to affirm
that faith in God unites and does not divide us.”
What does the Pope know about his “friend and dear brother,” Sheikh
al-Tayyeb? In 2011, El-Tayyeb, who was then the President of Al-Azhar
University, railed at Pope Benedict for his “interference” in Egypt’s
affairs, a reference to Benedict’s denunciation — how dare he? — of
attacks on Copts, and warned of a “negative political reaction” to Pope
Benedict’s remarks about Islam. The threatening tone was unmistakable.
In a statement, Al-Azhar denounced the Pope’s “repeated negative
references to Islam and his claims that Muslims persecute those living
among them in the Middle East.” This statement was issued as
Muslims were not just persecuting but murdering Copts in Egypt, and
killing other Christians in Syria, Iraq, Somalia, Nigeria, Pakistan.
Pope Francis wanted to repair any harm that his predecessor, as he
saw it, had caused to Muslim-Christian relations, and he soon extended
an invitation to El-Tayyeb to visit him in the Vatican. “I want to meet him. I know that he would like it,” the Pope said during a February 18, 2016 in-flight press conference.
In May of that year, El-Tayyeb visited the Vatican. There was
satisfaction all around. El-Tayyeb knew that the visit would help
validate Islam in the eyes of 1.3 billion Catholics, and even to disarm
critics, while Pope Francis allowed himself to believe that the visit by
his new friend had contributed to “understanding” between the two
A few months after his visit to the Vatican, El-Tayyeb declared on
June 16, 2016, in an interview that appeared on several Egyptian
television channels and on the official YouTube channel of Al-Azhar,
that apostates from Islam should be killed. He further said that
“the concepts of human rights are full of ticking time-bombs” and that
homosexuality is a disease. Apparently those remarks did
nothing to dampen the Pope’s enthusiasm for El-Tayyeb. Francis’ mind was
already made up. Killing apostates? Dismissing human rights as
positively dangerous, full of “ticking time-bombs”? Who cares what
El-Tayyeb said — we’re friends!
Read it all here......................
|posted by D Swami Gwekanandam @ 1:32 PM