Egypt: Sissi urges fatwa bodies to fight religious disinformation on social media
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi on Monday 2/8/2021 underlined the important role played by the fatwa authorities in promoting an adequate understanding of religion and refining religious discourse.
In a meeting with participants of the 6th International Conference of Fatwa Authorities in the World currently organized by the General Secretariat of Fatwa Authorities in the World under the auspices of Dar la Ifta in Egypt, Sisi urged all fatwa authorities to deal with the profound developments brought about by the widespread use of social media.
He also called for opposing social media platforms that propagate false ideas in the name of religious education to distort the true image of Islam.
During the meeting, which took place at the Itihadiya Palace, Sisi had an open discussion with the speakers who congratulated the president on his cautious policy aimed at consolidating the values of tolerance and freedom of choice, in tandem with the efforts of development and construction, to strengthen Egypt’s position as a beacon of moderate thought not only in the Arab and Muslim worlds, but throughout the world.
Thanking President Sisi for sponsoring the conference, organized under the theme: “Fatwa Authorities in the Digital Age”, Grand Mufti of Egypt Shawki Allam noted that this event aims to highlight the benefits of digitization. for fatwa bodies and their community role.
He also referred to the efforts made by Dar la-Ifta in Egypt in this regard, including the publication of around one million fatwas (religious edicts) on its website and its fatwas observatory, the first of its kind in the world, in 2020.