Issued by the Catholic Center for Studies and Media - Jordan. Editor-in-chief Fr. Rif'at Bader - موقع أبونا

Published on Tuesday, 6 October 2020
Al-Azhar imam: "Pope Francis' encyclical is an extension of the Document on Human Fraternity”

By Munir Bayouk/ :

Since His Holiness Pope Francis signed his encyclical "Fratelli tutti" on October 3, various electronic sites posted reactions to the new encyclical.


 These reactions analyzed the content of the encyclical which implies incorporating all people, bearing in mind that it is an encyclical for all brothers and sisters.


 The columnists focused on the papal letter pointing out that it focuses on issues of justice, defines the Church’s mission following the emergence from the pandemic, and consolidates the teachings on solidarity and respect for the Earth’s resources.


 Among the most outstanding reactions to the encyclical, is the one made by Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmad Al-Tayyeb on Sunday, October 4.


He tweeted his reaction to Pope Francis’ Encyclical “Fratelli tutti” saying, “My brother, Pope Francis’ message, Fratelli tutti, is an extension of the Document on Human Fraternity, and reveals a global reality in which the vulnerable and marginalized pay the price for unstable positions and decisions. It is a message that is directed to people of good will, whose consciences are alive and restores to humanity consciousness.”


 The reaction made by the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmad Al-Tayyeb, who co-signed the Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together with Pope Francis in February 2019 in Abu Dhabi, is quite remarkable and worthy in-depth consideration.


 Such a statement marks further cementing of mutual cordial relations and further manifestation that we are brothers in humanity, and that fraternity and social friendship are what unites men and women.


 His assertion that the “Fratelli tutti” serves as an extension of theDocument on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together”--that was signed in Abu Dhabi on February 4, 2019-- confirms that the train of peace and cordial relations which set off in Abu Dhabi will continue its trip to the end having sowed the seeds of common living and interfaith dialogue that seeks to shove the world into an area of prosperity, peace and mutual respect.


 Furthermore, as he pointed out  that “the encyclical is directed to people of good will, whose consciences are alive and restores to humanity consciousness”, this is a stark reminder to world leaders and people of good will on the need to restore the humanity consciousness by steering efforts towards  serving humans’ quests for peace, justice, equality and common living.


 With the hope that the world population will have access to this encyclical and will grasp the ideas expressed in it--which call for creating societies that promote fraternity and social friendship-- it is hoped that the resounding tweet by the grand imam of Al-Azhar will likely serve as an alarm bell that calls for immediate action to be taken in the service of humanity.