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Al-Azhar demands global ban on attacks on Islam

Egypt’s top Muslim cleric called for an international ban on all forms of attacks against Islam.

Source : Arab News | 17 Sep 2012

Egypt’s top Muslim cleric yesterday called for an international ban on all forms of attacks against Islam, after a provocative film sparked violent protests in the Middle East and North Africa.

Sheikh Ahmed Al-Tayyeb, grand imam of Cairo’s Al-Azhar, the highest seat of Islamic learning, underlined “the need for an international resolution (banning) any attack on Muslim religious symbols,” in a statement addressed to UN leader Ban Ki-moon and published by official news agency MENA.

The resolution should “criminalize attacks on Islamic symbols and on those of other religions, after the violence against those who provoked challenges to world peace and international security,” said Tayyeb.

A low-budget film produced in the US incited a wave of bloody anti-US violence in several countries.

The imam said it was the UN’s responsibility to “protect world peace from any threat or aggression,” so that “these dangerous events cannot recur.”

He also called on “Egyptians in these trying times (to show) wisdom and restraint,” condemning the targeting of innocent people and underlining the need to protect foreign diplomatic missions.

 

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