Two weeks ago, Bibi Netanyahu was praised by conservatives as a world leader as he condemned Obama’s proposed Iranian nuclear deal with fierce clarity. With less American fanfare, two months ago, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, demonstrated his world leadership, urging the Grand Sheik of Al-Alzar to save Islam and the world from perdition, pleading that:
“It is inconceivable that the ideology we sanctify should make our entire nation a source of concern, danger, killing, and destruction all over the world. You must oppose it with resolve. Let me say it again: We need to revolutionize our religion. Honorable Imam (the Grand Sheik of Al-Azhar), you bear responsibility before Allah. The world in its entirety awaits your words, because the Islamic nation is being torn apart, destroyed, and is heading to perdition. We ourselves are bringing it to perdition.”
The Islamic Research Academy at Al-Alzar University, where el-Sisi made this supplication, is often referred to as the Vatican of Islam, and has supported the Sharia law of ISIS in practice and in academia.
The highest level of this Islamic Vatican formally endorsed the most recent edition of Reliance of the Traveler, the official rulebook of harsh Sharia law that encourages death to infidels and second class status for women.
There are reports that President el-Sisi is closing more than 24,000 small mosques to force radicals out of the shadows of these terror incubators and into 400 newly announced official Salafist mosques. This is a bold move, whether el-Sisi obtains the blessing of the Grand Sheik or not.
President el-Sisi’s seminal speech and his actions deserve the attention of the world. President el-Sisi is the moderate Muslim voice Americans have been clamoring for.
Yet there has been little praise of President el-Sisi’s December speech from American Muslim Imams or so-called American Muslim civil liberty groups like the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Muslim American Society (recently designated as Muslim Brotherhood front groups by the United Arab Emirates last November).
Prime Minister Netanyahu and president el-Sisi are the unequivocal world leaders in the global war on Sharia-ism, the political movement of Radical Islam. This is not surprising, given the lasting 36-year peace treaty between Israel and Egypt that was signed in 1979, which was brokered by the United States at Camp David.
It is surprising, however, that President Obama has decided not to meet at this time with either Prime Minister Netanyahu or President el-Sisi.
Instead, on February 5, behind closed doors, President Obama met with 15 American-Muslim leaders to discuss, in part, requests to “enact a tougher federal policy that would ban racial and religious profiling by law enforcement.”
I had hoped that my colleagues, American Muslim leader Dr. Zudhi Jasser, founder of the American Center for Democracy, and Zainab Suwaij, founder of the American Islamic Congress – both staunch defenders of the U.S. Constitution and women’s rights – were part of this closed-door session at the White House. They have confirmed that they were not invited.
While world leaders from Egypt and Israel, who face great political resistance and even personal danger by speaking out against Sharia-ism, have tackled the threat of radical Islam and Sharia law, the White House refuses even to name our enemy, namely Islamic radicals who justify their right to control the world based on some 7th century Sharia Rules.
The White House talks about this as a fringe, lone wolf problem rather than a global strategic network of extremists who represent 5-25 percent, or put another way 135-675 million of the world’s 2.7 billion Muslim population. President Obama has left his two great allies in the Middle East out to dry, to face this threat alone.
Our president should publicly applaud Israel and Egypt for their global leadership and efforts against radical Islam, and take this existential threat at home seriously, if we are to regain respect in the world arena.
Joy Brighton is a liberal human rights activist and author of Sharia-ism is Here: The Battle to Control Women, and Everyone Else.