Egyptian religious authorities condemn planned Charlie Hebdo issue

2015-01-13 17:42

Cairo – Egypt’s Islamic authorities condemn the planned issue of Charlie Hebdo featuring new cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad as “an unjustifiable provocation to one and a half billion Muslims across the world.”

Dar al-Iftaa, Egypt’s official centre of Islamic jurisprudence, warns that the planned issue “will cause a further wave of hatred in French and Western societies, and does not serve the coexistence and dialogue of civilizations that Muslims are striving for.”

The body calls on French authorities to condemn the magazine’s “racist act,” accusing it of “seeking to stir up religious conflict and sectarianism.”

Dar al-Iftaa also warns that the wave of attacks on French mosques since the Charlie Hebdo killings will feed extremism “on both sides.”

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