The sheik of Al-Azhar, Ahmed Al-Tayeb, said during his meeting with the French Foreign Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian in Cairo, on Sunday, that insulting the Prophet Muhammad was “completely unacceptable,” also stressing his refusal to “describe terrorism as Islamic.”
The sheik of Al-Azhar said: “If you consider that insulting our Prophet Muhammad is a freedom of expression, we reject it in form and content.”
He added, “Insulting our Prophet Muhammad is completely unacceptable, and we will follow those who offend our noble prophet in international courts, even if we spend our whole life doing that only.”
He also expressed his refusal to describe “terrorism as Islamic,” saying: “We reject describing terrorism as Islamic, and we have neither the time nor the luxury to enter into terms that we have no interest in, and everyone should stop this term immediately because it hurts the feelings of Muslims in the world. It is a term that contradicts the truth that it teaches.” everybody.”
He continued: “Europe is indebted to our Prophet Muhammad and our religion, for what this religion brought of light to all humanity.”
For his part, the French foreign minister said that “cooperation must be made to combat terrorism and extremism.”
During his visit to Cairo, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian met President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry.
During the visit, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi affirmed “the total rejection of terrorist acts in all their forms, the refusal to link any religion to acts of violence and extremism, and the non-prejudice to religious symbols.”
For his part, the French Foreign Minister stressed his country’s “respect and appreciation for all religions,” stressing that French Muslims are part of France.
Earlier on Sunday, Le Drian said in a press conference with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry that France “has great respect for the Islamic religion,” adding: “This is a message that I will convey to the Sheikh of Al-Azhar. I mentioned that French Muslims are part of France and French identity. “We are fighting it is distorting religion, terrorism, and extremism. We are not waging this battle alone because terrorism and extremism are against all societies.”