Feb. 7, 2015
Re: Jordanians Rally Behind Their King, Feb. 5. In response to Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham burning alive the captured Jordanian pilot, Ahmed al-Tayeb is quoted saying, “This vile terrorist act requires punishment as cited by the Qur’an … that they be killed, or crucified, or their hands and legs cut off.”
Now, Sheik al-Tayeb is not a street-corner firebrand, but the Grand Imam of the Al-Azhar Mosque, the main seat of Sunni learning in Cairo. That this learned man should spout such vitriol should be instructive and thought-provoking.
It would be difficult even to imagine the Pope, the Dalai Lama, or the Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem spouting this form of incitement, no matter how outraged. If Muslims, Shia and Sunni alike, wonder why some look askance at their religion, they need look no further.
June Baker, Toronto.