Grand Sheikh of al-Azhar wants more US air-strikes: not just restricted to Islamic State

Al-Azhar Mosque, Cairo, Egypt

(Reuters) – A prominent Muslim cleric said on Wednesday the U.S.-led coalition carrying out air strikes on Islamic State insurgents should widen its scope to include all other militant groups that were tarnishing Islam.

Islamic State, an offshoot of al Qaeda, has seized wide areas of Iraq and Syria and declared a caliphate to try to revive theocratic rule that prevailed in the region more than 1,000 years ago. Its militants have beheaded some prisoners and been accused of massacring and enslaving non-Sunni Muslims.

Sheikh-Ahmed-al-TayebSheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb wearing his silly Santa hat

“The international coalition must call on all its material and moral energies to eradicate this terrorism, in all its manifestations, doctrines and schools, and to confront the countries that support it,” Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, the Grand Sheikh of Al Azhar, told a conference on fighting extremism.

“If it does this, the coalition is defending its own people first, before the people of the east.”

Cairo’s ancient Al Azhar is one of the world’s most venerable centers of Islamic learning and the grand sheikh is considered to be among the most pre-eminent authorities in Sunni Islam, influencing the views of Muslims worldwide.

“I ask myself… day and night,” Tayeb said, “about the reasons for this Arab ordeal and this blind discord that is mixed with the smell of blood and death and explosions and the beheadings of people and the expulsion of millions with a brutality that is unknown in history. These barbaric and awful crimes are sullying this religion.”

It sounds like he is more concerned with Islam’s reputation than anything else. Why doesn’t the Arab world take them on? Hasn’t the West sold enough weapons to places like Saudi Arabia?

Expand the air-strikes and other Muslims will go nuts — the Iraqi Shiite psychopath Moqtada al-Sadr is calling the US an ‘occupier.’  And an army of leftists in the West itself will crank up the rhetoric.

  • Ron MacDonald

    How many air strikes have been conducted by Saudi Arabia?

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    Should bomb Saudi, they’re one of the biggest sponsors of jihad going.

  • Clausewitz

    The caption for the photo is, “And this is the finger I stuck up the goats bum”.

  • Minicapt

    Unfortunately, there is no explanation how this ‘religion’ is being sullied, since the ‘barbaric and awful crimes’ appear to be in accordance with the religion’s teachings.


  • Maggat

    Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, the Grand Sheikh of Al Azhar.Get in line, we’ll help you out.