Cairo (Reuters)-Egyptian President Abdul Fatah Sisi said on Wednesday that if more than 1.5 billion people are offended, freedom of speech should stop because of images displayed in France that Muslims believe to be blasphemy against the Prophet Muhammad.
Sisi also stated that he firmly refused to inflict any form of violence or terrorism on anyone in the name of defending religion, religious symbols or icons.
In his speech to commemorate the birth of the Prophet Muhammad, he said: “We also have the right. We have the right not to hurt our feelings and our values.”
He added in a televised speech: “And if someone has the right to express their thoughts, I think this will stop when it involves offending the feelings of more than 1
The Grand Imam of Azhar University in Egypt is one of the most famous seats in the world where Sunni Muslims study. He also called on the international community to criminalize “anti-Muslim” operations .
Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, the head of the institution with a thousand-year history, also stated that Al-Azhar firmly refused to use anti-Muslim sentiment to gather votes in elections.
Turkish leader Tayyip Erdogan called for a boycott of French goods, and the Pakistani parliament passed a resolution urging the government to recall its envoy from Paris.
(Reporting by Nadine Awadalla; Writing by Ulf Laessing; Catherine Evans, Editing by William Maclean)