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Al-Azhar calls on Muslims to ‘ignore’ new Charlie Hebdo cartoon

New edition of Charlie Hebdo magazine has a cartoon of the Prophet Mohamed on its cover

Ahram Online , Wednesday 14 Jan 2015
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Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed el-Tayeb, Egyptian Imam of al-Azhar Mosque (Photo: Reuters)
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Al-Azhar, Egypt's leading centre of Islamic learning, has called on Muslims to "ignore the nasty frivolity" of Charlie Hebdo's latest edition, which has a drawing of the Prophet Mohammed on its cover.

The new issue comes out a week after gunmen stormed the newspaper's building and killed 12 of its staff, an attack that was later claimed by Al-Qaida in Yemen in revenge for the publication's earlier mocking of the Prophet.

The Wednesday issue of the paper featured on its cover a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed crying and holding up a "Je suis Charlie" sign under the words "All is forgiven."  

Three million copies were sold - 50 times the usual circulation, according to AP.

Al-Azhar renewed its condemnation of the depiction of the Prophet in drawings, calling it a "diseased imagination," adding that the status of the prophet cannot be damaged by a caricature "unbridled" from all moral restrictions.

"We call on all the wise and free men of the world to stand against all that threatens the world's peace," the statement said.

Following the attack in Paris, Al-Azhar issued a condemnation, saying that "Islam denounces any violence."

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi also condemned the attack, voicing Cairo's solidarity with France and sent the foreign minister to join other world leaders in the million man protest in Paris.

Egypt's Dar Al-Ifta said in a statement on Tuesday that Charlie Hebdo’s decision to continue the publication of caricatures of Prophet Mohammed is "an act unjustifiably provocative to the feelings of a billion and a half Muslims worldwide who love and respect the Prophet,” 

Dar Al-Ifta, which is responsible for issuing religious edicts, warned that the new issue of the paper will cause a "new wave of anger" in France and the West in general adding that it "will not serve the dialogue between civilisations which Muslims seek."

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alatif
15-01-2015 06:05pm
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FREE EXPRESS
The freedom of expression, speech and religion is not only the value of the WEST, but it is also Islamic value- Allah commanded His People; I has given you 2 ways, One is the true way, (Allah's way)m second is evil way, the wrong way. As QS 9:10. FROM BIBLE Also as ALLAH said to the Messenger of Moses; Today I am giving you a choice between good and evil, or between a blessing and a curse, between live and death. (Deuteronomy 30; 1,15). You were born with the freedom of choice So Those who is against the freedom of expression and speech is that he is against Allah or Islam. HUMAN RIGHT is the core of Islamic teaching. Those who do not obey HUMAN RIGHT, he reject Allah's order. With love
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couturier jc
15-01-2015 04:07pm
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picture of the prophet ?
supposedly for the Muslims the prophet do not have picture or statue so explain to me how the Muslims are certain that it represent their prophet? for me, he could represent anything ,Ali Baba,a peanuts vendor, or the guy how sold me a carton of fake cigarettes made of straws at Djibouti in 1965
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Aladdin, Alex
15-01-2015 02:04am
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Phsycological War
It is part of the war on Egypt to create problem and divert our focus on real issues. Allah AKber.
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Sam Enslow
14-01-2015 08:01pm
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When did images become prohibited?
As late as 1930, it was possible to buy Algerian postcards showing The Prophet (pbuh) and his flight from Mecca. There are many representations of The Prophet (pbuh) created between 1200-1600. These are found in Topaki Palace in Istanbul and other museums. Later it seems the face was either painted white or the space filled with fire ( to represent the Divine). Who changed/prohibited the practice of representing The Prophet (pbuh) realistically? I assume it was due to the iconoclastic controversy and the fear that people would worship these portraits.
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Nina
15-01-2015 06:52am
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That is not the point
The point, Sam, is that a sufficient number of Muslims believe that depictions are today prohibited and are offended or hurt by depictions of the Prophet, particularly the derogative, incendiary kind that Charlie Hebdo and others have published (news value?). Your opinion as to the historical accuracy of or support for most Muslims' current beliefs is, frankly, irrelevant.
Al
15-01-2015 12:30am
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Distinction
Questioning the relevance of banning positive portraits of the Prophets in this day and age is fair enough. However, no fair-minded human being should support the CH disgusting insults to Prophets, showing them in perverted positions. What is the purpose for them! Except to provoke violence. LIKEWISE, anti-Semitic swastikas where banned in Europe after the WWII, but they were used before, taking your logic; why aren’t we printing them now in Europe? The very same reason; they insult the Jewish community, and provoke violence.
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Key
14-01-2015 06:15pm
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Paris Events Meet the False Flag Checklist
Great response from Al-Azhar. Just to top it off, the global NATO criminals had their victory parade march (Je Suis Hypocrite March) followed by we are going to publish more cartoons to disrespect billions of Moslems. It's quite clear who the terrorists are. Quite sickening: 1. Mass mainstream media buildup and rollout, with ready-made “placards” to call global attention to event 2. Questionable videos and details of the event, as well as drills or security buildup prior 3. Military training for the perpetrators, while the “terror” suspects with deep state connections and rap sheets run free 4. A false dialectic of left versus radicalism polarizing public consumption of propaganda 5. Investigators and key individuals in the event end up “suicided” 6. Media quickly fingers low IQ duped patsies based on magical I.D. appearance (think 9/11) 7. More funding for militarization, surveillance and police state with media replaying past terror events ad nauseam
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Al
15-01-2015 01:14am
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Question the Motive
The latest events in France, actually happened. Your interesting theory should question the motive not if the events took place. The motive of the papers, was orchestrated to steer the large Muslim minority in France on purpose, to put an end to the French support of the Palestinian cause. Just a few days before the event; France voted in the UN against the US and Israel, then Israel summoned the French ambassador, the US voiced its disappointment with the French vote. Voila … the cartoons were published!!
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khan
14-01-2015 05:52pm
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shame
pro govt scholar dos.t have any respect among the nation .he earning from govt and speaking behalf of govt .what Grate Erdogan said about him that was 100 percent true
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Valerie
14-01-2015 05:32pm
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The real threat to peace
The real threat to peace is the murderers who pretend to act in Mohammed's name, not the cartoonists who oppose them.
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