In his speech during the ceremony, El-Sisi called for following the morals of the Prophet Muhammad, such as honesty, faithfulness, fulfilling promises, mercy, solidarity and compassion, and translate them into practical behaviours.
The president asserted that one of the most important lessons learned from the Prophet is confronting difficulties and challenges with determination and tirelessness.
“Celebrating the Prophet’s birth is a good occasion to contemplate the essence and purpose of his tolerant message and to follow his noble morals,” El-Sisi said.
The president also warned of the danger of spreading rumours, saying that rumours are a crime against the security of society. “Those who spread them commit crimes against religion and society, seeking disorder and chaos,” he added.
“Therefore, we must all be watchful of the weak souls who do not seek constructive criticism to rebuild and reform, but rather seek to ignite sedition and spread lies to demolish and spread corruption,” the president stressed.
Furthermore, El-Sisi asserted that Egypt is experiencing a juncture characterised by sheer dedication and productivity, and that the country is pursuing the path towards development.
During the ceremony, which was held at Manara International Conference Centre in New Cairo, El-Sisi honoured a number of distinguished scholars in appreciation of their “relentless efforts” in disseminating the moderate teachings of Islam inside and outside Egypt.
The event was attended by Al-Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed El-Tayyeb, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, state officials, and religious scholars.
The anniversary of Moulid El-Nabi – which comes every year on 12 Rabie El-Awwal, the third month of the Islamic calendar – falls this year on 8 October on the Gregorian calendar. The Prophet Muhammad’s birthday is designated a public holiday in Egypt.