Charlie Hebdo’s new cartoons may inflame sedition: Egyptian Fatwa Committee


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Qamishli, Syria – On Tuesday, the Egyptian Fatwa Committee said in a statement that the planned edition of the French satirical magazine of Charlie Hebdo, which is expected to include new satirical cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad, will cause a new wave of hatred in France and the Western society in general. 

“The magazine does not serve the coexistence and dialogue of civilizations. Publishing a new cartoon of Prophet Muhammad in this timing will most likely inflame sedition between Muslims and other communities across the world,” the statement read. 

Last week, Charlie Hebdo’s building in Paris was exposed to a terrorist attack, during which 12 people were killed. The incident, which followed the publishing of a satirical cartoon of Prophet Muhammad, was strongly condemned by the French public opinion during a mass demonstration last Sunday under the banner of defending freedom of expression. 

“The magazine’s intention to publish such offensive cartoons provokes the feelings of one and a half billion Muslims across the world, who have love and respect for the Prophet of mercy, may Allah bless him and his family,” the Egyptian Fatwa’s statement added.

Also on Tuesday, the Grand Mufti of Egypt, Dr. Shawqi Allam, warned Charlie Hebdo of renewing publishing cartoons of Prophet Muhammad and condemned the magazine’s editorial policy, describing it as a racial and fueling conflicts between peoples. 

The lawyer of Charlie Hebdo said that the new edition of the magazine will include other cartoons of Prophet Muhammad. 

With the rising demand for the edition to be issued on Wednesday, the weekly newspaper plans to print up nearly three million copies, which usually didn’t exceed 60,000 copies. 


Reporting by: Rudi Ahmed

Source: ARA News

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