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Al-Azhar Sheikh demands global ban on attacks on Islam

Sunday September 16, 2012 07:54:34 PM, IINA

Cairo: Sheikh Ahmed Al-Tayyeb, grand imam of Al-Azhar, 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.

The Sheikh of Al-Azhar underlined “the need for an international resolution (banning) any attack on Muslim religious symbols,” in a statement.


The statement addressed to UN leader Ban Ki-moon was 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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