All praise is to Allah; may Allah’s Peace and Blessings be upon the last and the seal of all the Prophets- Muhammad (PBUH).
Aggression against Houses of Worships and killing worshippers therein are totally prohibited in Islam. In other words, they have nothing at all to do either with Islam or with his teachings. In actuality, the Islamic Shari‘ah, along with all the other laws, have confirmed the obligation of preserving Ad-Daruriayat Al-Khams (The Five Ultimate Objectives of the Shari‘ah), including: religion, soul, intellect, honor and property. That is to say, shedding blood, under all laws and religions, is prohibited and that life is protected and dignified. Thus, we strongly stress that killing one innocent soul is like killing all mankind, a ruling which is clearly mentioned in the Saying of Allah, the Almighty, “…whoever kills a person, unless in retribution for murder or spreading corruption in the land, it is as he kills all mankind; and whoever saves a life, it is as he saves the lives of all mankind…” (The Quran, 5:32)
These terrorist and aggressive attacks can in no way be classified as an act of Jihad, because the latter was prescribed by Islam to ward off aggression and corruption; Allah says: “And fight in the way of Allah with those who fight with you, and do not exceed the limits, surely Allah does not love those who exceed the limits.” (The Quran, 2:190)
In fact, Islam has guaranteed freedom of worship for Muslims and non-Muslims alike. It further shows great respect for Houses of Worship, and thus it is totally innocent from all these terrorist actions falsely attributed to its teachings. Moreover, all the Egyptians should be fully aware of the undeniable fact that these acts are only meant to spread corruption and chaos, which is why we all should stand together to eradicate those terrorists and extremists.
We ask Allah, the Almighty, to protect Egypt and its people, and to cause all the conspiracies of the aggressors futile.