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President El-Sisi Attends Celebration Marking Laylat El Qadr

Saturday، 06 April 2024 - 12:00 AM

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi witnessed, on Saturday 06/04/2024, the ceremony organized by the Ministry of Awqaf on the occasion of Lailatul Qadr at Al Manara International Conference Center in New Cairo.

The ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli, Al Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed el Tayyeb and Awqaf Minister Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa and a host of ministers and clergymen. At the beginning of the ceremony, El-Sisi was keen on shaking hands with Ahmed Omar Hashim, former president of Al Azhar University, member of Al Azhar Council for Senior Scholars and member of Al Azhar Islamic Research.

Addressing the ceremony, Awqaf Minister Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa congratulated El-Sisi on the occasion of his inauguration for a new presidential term. The minister wished El-Sisi successful leadership to achieve further peace, security, development and progress for Egypt. He also congratulated El-Sisi on being named the 2024 "Champion of Peace" by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM).
The minister gifted El-Sisi a copy of Roya series, which focuses on the renewal of religious discourse and is issued in cooperation between the Ministry of Awqaf and the General Egyptian Book Organization (GEBO).
Then, a documentary film shedding light on Laylatul Qadr was screened. The film also highlighted Egypt’s significant role on serving Islam and Muslims for thousands of years. It also cited the building and restoration of more than 11,000 mosques over the past 10 years. El-Sisi directed to hold the 30th edition of Egypt's international Quran contest for the first time in the Egypt's Islamic Cultural Center in the New Administrative Capital to reflect Egypt’s future vision on serving Quran-related activities, the minister said.

After the documentary, Al-Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed El-Tayyeb addressed the ceremony, stressing that the current difficult circumstances facing the humanity underscore the pressing need for the guidance of the holy Quran and similar faiths. He congratulated President El-Sisi, the Egyptian people as well as Muslim and Arab world on the occasion of Laylatul Qadr.
The Grand Imam said: "Our world lacks wise leadership, racing towards an identity never witnessed by the history before," adding that "global disputes are evolving rapidly into armed conflicts."
Laylat Al Qadr, or the Night of Power, is the name given to the night when the Angel Jibril first appeared to the prophet Muhammad and began revealing the Holy Qur’an.

The Grand Imam highlighted the suffering of the besieged Palestinian people in Gaza, where dozens of children, woman and civilians have been killed.
He denounced the silence of the international organizations, including the United Nations, that abstain from implementing their commitments regarding the situation in Gaza.
El-Tayyeb added that the ordeals facing the region should represent a decisive turning point for the Arab and Muslim world to restore its pioneering status worldwide.
He called for achieving unity among Muslim clergymen and scholars toward reaching consensus and serving the Arab and Muslims welfare.
The Grand Imam congratulated President Abdel Fattah El Sisi on swearing-in for a new term in office, wishing him a successful leadership fulfilling further peace, security and progress for Egypt.

El-Tayyeb gifted the president a copy of the second publication of Al Azhar magazine.

The President awarded the winners in the first category of the contest, which includes memorization of the entire Quran plus tajweed recitation and understanding the meaning. The first winner from Beheira Governorate won a prize of one million EGP.
The 30th edition of the international Quran contest was held in six categories, including memorization of the entire Quran along with recitation and Tafseer (interpretation), memorization of the Quran for non-Arabic speakers, and memorization of the Quran for prayer leaders and preachers. There is also a category of Quran memorization along with comprehension of its concepts for families.

President El-Sisi delivered a speech, in which he greeted the Egyptian people on Laylat al Qadr, which is observed by Muslims in the last days of the holy fasting month of Ramadan. El-Sisi said: "Today, as we celebrate this sacred night, I extend my heartfelt prayers to Allah the Almighty to preserve our homeland, bless the efforts of its loyal sons, accept our martyrs and envelop them in His perfect mercy. I pray for the divine guidance to lead and bless us for the greater good and benefit of our dear homeland." He also extended congratulations to the memorizers of the Quran, and his greetings to Grand Imam of Al Azhar, as well as the sincere scholars of Al-Azhar Al-Sharif and the Awqaf Ministry, who are dedicated to rectifying misconceptions about the tolerant Islamic faith and its moderate and balanced approach, while combating extremism and fanaticism and confronting distorted ideology. "The blessed Laylat al Qadr, with the tremendous religious and spiritual meanings it embraces, is a recurring annual occasion, a time for reflection on profound virtues." "Allah’s boundless generosity is inextricably intertwined with righteousness, loyalty and diligence, with unwavering faith in earning Allah’s contentment, for the divine blessings and forgiveness are only obtained through hard work and perseverance," he added. "Perhaps, these are the values that we need to embrace now more than ever, given the hardships and challenges the loyal sons of Egypt, from all walks of life, are striving to surmount," Sisi said. "In their struggle, they are offering an exorbitant price, sacrificing their lives, for the sake of Egypt’s security, safety, and prosperity and for a brighter future," he said.
El-Sisi reiterated Egypt's unequivocal and steadfast solidarity with our Palestinian brethren in the Gaza Strip, reaffirming that Egypt will exert utmost and unyielding efforts to bring an end to the hostilities and ensure the unfettered delivery of much-needed humanitarian aid and relief into the sector.
El-Sisi added: "I also underscore Egypt’s unshakable commitment to tirelessly strive toward attaining the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people and the establishment of their independent state along the June 4, 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital." 
He said: "In this sacred night, Allah Almighty revealed the Holy Quran, as a source of everlasting guidance for humanity, enduring mercy for all worlds and eternal illumination dispelling the darkness." 
He concluded his remarks by praying to Allah Almighty to guide Egyptians on the path of righteousness and construction, endow them with firm determination in the face of adversity and challenges, and bless their endeavors with success.

At the conclusion of the Ministry of Endowments’ celebration of Laylatul-Qadr, the national anthem of the Arab Republic of Egypt was played.

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