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