by Christopher A. Ferrara
July 22, 2016
Readers may recall that Francis recently had a tête-à-tête at the Vatican with the “moderate” Muslim Sheik Ahmed el-Tayeb, the “Grand Imam” of Al-Azhar University in Cairo, and perhaps the world’s most authoritative scholar of Sunni Islam who at one time served as no less than the “Grand Mufti” of Egypt.
I remember thinking at the time “Moderate my foot!” I would have wagered that old Ahmed could be found to have called for death to infidels in one of his writings or speeches, as this would only be in keeping with Egypt’s “moderate” Islamic legal code and that of other “moderate” Islamic states. But I let the matter go, as no one can keep up with all the events in the Bergoglian circus.
Someone has done the work for us, however. Raymond Ibrahim, born of Coptic Christian parents in Egypt, an authority on Islam, and fluent in both English and Arabic, has revealed the following on his website:
Last week on his daily televised show running throughout Ramadan, Dr. Ahmed al-Tayeb — who was recently invited to the Vatican and warmly embraced by Pope Francis and is described in Western media as a “moderate” — said that “Contemporary apostasy presents itself in the guise of crimes, assaults, and grand treason, so we deal with it now as a crime that must be opposed and punished.”
While his main point was that those who do not follow Islam are prone to being criminals, he especially emphasized those whose apostasy is apparent as being a “great danger to Islamic society. And that’s because his apostasy is a result of his hatred for Islam and a reflection of his opposition to it. In my opinion, this is grand treason.”
Sheikh al-Tayeb added what all Muslims know: “Those learned in Islam [al-fuqaha] and the imams of the four schools of jurisprudence consider apostasy a crime and agree that the apostate must either renounce his apostasy or else be killed.”
Finally, for good measure, he cited a hadith, or tradition, of Islam’s prophet permitting the killing of fellow Muslims under three circumstances: adultery, murder, and apostasy.
The anti-radical Islam website Mahound’s Paradise notes that the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies demanded that el-Tayeb retract his statements, but received no response. The Institute further notes a fact of which Francis, in the exercise of reasonable prudence regarding “moderate” Muslims, should have been aware: that the university of which al-Tayeb is Grand Imam “adopts two contradictory speeches: one is open and directed externally, while the other supports violent extremism, and is directed internally.”
The author of Mahound’s Paradise surmises that “the Pope has no idea what el-Tayeb really believes or more to the point, doesn’t really care.” I opt for the later alternative, as it would explain a lot, including the Bergoglian demand to allow a veritable Islamic invasion of Europe and his curiously muted reaction to the ongoing genocide of Christians at Muslim hands throughout the world today.
Then there is Francis’ quite incredible declaration that “I don’t like it when [some] speak of a Christian genocide in the Middle East: It’s a reductionism.” For Heaven’s sake, even the United States government calls it genocide!
Is Francis a willing dupe of radical Islam? Would you bet any substantial sum of money that he isn’t?
How far the human element of the Church has fallen from the days when a captured Muslim woman named Fátima converted to the Faith during the reconquest of Portugal and its liberation from the tyranny of Islam, married her own captor, who had fallen in love with her, and became the Princess Oureana (her Christian name). It is for her that the village of Fatima is named.
Today, however, the Pope himself kowtows to Imams and Muftis as Islam resurges in Europe to the applause of the Vatican, whose representatives attended the opening of the first mosque in Rome back in 1989.
It would appear that only direct divine intervention can bring an end to this madness. Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!