The Grand Imam of Egypt’s al-Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, appealed on Wednesday the international community to criminalize anti-Muslim acts, after caricatures being published in France of the Prophet Mohammad.
The Grand Imam, who sits at the head of the thousand-year-old seat of Sunni Muslim learning, also declared that al-Azhar intensely refuses the use of anti-Muslim sentiment to rally votes in elections. He called Muslims to use peaceful methods to deal with hate speech.
Sheikh Ahmed Al-Tayeb reported in the presence of calls around the Middle East for boycotting French products: Muslims must adhere to peaceful, legal and rational methods in resisting hate speech and obtaining their legitimate rights, following the example of their noble Prophet Mohammed, may God bless him and grant him peace.
On his part, French President Emmanuel Macron described the killing as an Islamist terrorist attack and said in Tweeter in Arabic earlier this week that France would not give in and would not accept hate speech and defend reasonable debate.
Otherwise, many Arab countries, including Kuwait and Jordan, called their citizens to boycott French products after the exposition of Prophet Mohammed in French cartoons, and retail co-ops in Kuwait removing French products from their shelves. Social media users in the Kingdom also appealed for a boycott of French supermarket retailer Carrefour on Sunday.