Sheikh of Al-Azhar: Return to religion as a guardian of morality is inevitable

Sheikh of Al-Azhar: Return to religion as a guardian of morality is inevitable

Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Sheikh Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb confirmed that the international charters become a dead letter when it comes to developing countries, stressing that it is inevitable to return to religion as a guardian of morality.

Sheikh Al-Tayeb made the remarks in his speech at the 6th Congress of the Leaders of World Traditional Religions, being held at the Peace and Reconciliation Palace in Astana, in the presence of Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev and his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vucic, as well as a host of world's top religious leaders.

"The solution to the crisis of our modern world requires a return to religion and its reference, as a guardian and control of ethics, and as a savior to resolve our current global crises," Sheikh Al-Tayeb said, pointing out that our world suffers from a very complicated crisis compounded by the feeling of pain, tension, apprehension, panic and expecting the worst every day.

He noted that terrorism was not invented by Islam or any other religions, but rather an invention of unjust international policies that disregard the pain and suffering of poor and vulnerable people.

Recalling the results of a study on extremist movements in Europe, Sheikh Al-Tayeb said the majority of the European young adults recruited with militant groups in Iraq and Syria were not religious people.

The Al-Azhar Sheikh said statistics showed that there are 400 European families whose sons or daughters have joined extremist groups in Syria and Iraq. Forty percent of these families are atheists, 40 percent Catholics, 19 percent Muslims, and one percent Jews. Accordingly, he said, the phenomenon of terrorism is not associated with Islam or any other faiths, but it is related to injustice and marginalization.

Citing earlier news reports, Sheikh Al-Tayed said: "Those responsible for global politics spent $1.5 trillion on wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria in the period from 11 September 2001 to 31 March 2018 � an amount which is equivalent to a five-year budget of a major country like Germany."

The imam of Al-Azhar wondered whether it was possible to spend one-tenth of these figures of wealth in favor of the poor and needy people as well as fighting poverty, disease and ignorance. He said this amount should have been spent on the hungry people, homeless and the forcibly displaced persons in Myanmar, Palestine and elsewhere.

Source: International Islamic News Agency