CAIRO: “National unity, women and ethical media are the cornerstones of Egypt’s renaissance and the way out for Egypt from this critical period,” said Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa in a statement marking New Year’s Day.
“Our national unity is our source of power, everyone fought for Egypt and some gave up their lives for it … Citizenship should be the guiding principle of the coming period,” said Gomaa.
He added that since every Egyptian contributes equally to the country, the welfare must also be divided equally among them.
The leading Islamic cleric emphasized the role of women, saying that women are “a pillar in nation-building.”
Gomaa stressed the need to restructure the entire educational system, explaining that this is what will enlighten the country and benefit each and every citizen.
“I’m calling on all powers to unite in eradicating illiteracy and finding solutions to the phenomena of street children and thugs,” he said.
The head of Dar Al-Ifta, the official authority for issuing fatwas (non-binding religious advice), also directed a message to political powers and parties, saying that “loving Egypt should be translated into doing what’s right for the country, not for the party.”