Friday, June 3, 2011

Egypt cleric urges unity against Israel

Senior Egyptian cleric Jamaluddin Qutb

Source: Press TV

A senior Egyptian cleric has hailed the steps taken in re-establishing ties between Iran and Egypt and called on all Muslims to form a united front against Israel.

Jamaluddin Qutb, Cairo's Friday Prayers leader and a scholar at Egypt's prestigious al-Azhar University, regretted Muslims' inability in confronting the Israeli atrocities against Palestinians despite the enormity of the Muslim community, IRNA reported.

“While Muslims live in 54 countries, they lack power, and Zionists (Israel) despite their small population have been able to bully 1.5 billion Muslims,” Qutb said at a ceremony marking the anniversary of the passing of the late founder of Iran's Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ruhollah Khomeini, on Friday.

Citing advice from the Holy Qur'an, the cleric urged solidarity among Muslims so that they could improve in different fields, including economy, politics and military.

“If we can strengthen ourselves in all aspects, then we will be able to make global Zionism bite the dust,” he stated.

Qutb further highlighted the timing of the revolutions in Egypt and Iran and praised close ties between the Islamic Republic and the post-revolution Egypt.

“The Iranian nation on February 11, 1979 and the Egyptian nation on February 11, 2011 gained victory over tyrants and we take this coincidence as a good omen,” said the Muslim scholar.

There is no greater happiness than seeing the Egyptian and Iranian nations stand side by side after their relief from their tyrannical rulers to realize unity among Muslims and glory for Islam, he said.

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