I firmly condemn the terrorist attacks perpetrated in Tanta and Alexandria in Egypt today, may the people killed rest in peace, may their families have the patience to bear such a grief. The immunity of a temple is defined according to religious and legal universal principles as the immunity of a human being.
The immunity of a temple can not be violated, whatever the religion it belongs to ; the savage massacre of innocent people praying can never be forgiven.
It is impossible to associate those kinds of attacks which have no relation with spirit, reason, faith and consciousness with a Muslim identity or with the conception of jihad in Islam.
At the moment the world is going through hardships, we must be extremely vigilant against groups aiming at creating hostility amongst members of different religions, be vigilant against mass propagandas creating a state of global insanity, making peoples enemies to each other and meaning to produce greedy murderers. Because we are all entrusted with the world and any attack targetting to the peace and the serenity of the world is not only the problem of the people affected in the area, but the problem of the whole humankind.
Prof. Dr. Mehmet Görmez
President of Religious Affairs