Sunday Sep 16, 201212:51 AM GMT
Al-Azhar Imam calls for ban on attacks on religious symbols
Sheikh Ahmed El-Tayeb, the grand imam of Al-Azhar
Sheikh Ahmed El-Tayeb, the grand imam of Al-Azhar
Sun Sep 16, 2012 12:50AM
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The grand imam of Cairo's Al-Azhar has called on the United Nations to pass a resolution to ban all forms of attacks against Islam and other religions.


On Saturday, Sheikh Ahmed El-Tayeb issued a statement addressed to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in which he emphasized "the need for an international resolution (banning) any attack on Muslim religious symbols," Egypt’s MENA news agency reported.

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," Sheikh El-Tayeb added.

Anti-US demonstrations, which began on September 11 over a low-budget anti-Islam film, have been held across the Muslim world, with protesters storming US embassies and torching US flags.

Muslims in Iran, Turkey, Sudan, Egypt, Yemen, Tunisia, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Kashmir, Pakistan, India, Iraq, Gaza, Morocco, Syria, Kuwait, Nigeria, Kenya, Australia, Britain, the United States, France, Belgium, and some other countries have held many demonstrations to condemn the movie that disrespected Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

Sheikh El-Tayeb said it was the UN's responsibility to "protect world peace from any threat or aggression," so that "these dangerous events cannot recur."

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