Egyptian Grand Mufti warns #CharlieHebdo against publishing “racist” cartoons – fatwa issued

Grand Mufti Shawqi Allam

Jan 13 (Reuters) – Egypt’s Grand Mufti warned the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo on Tuesday against publishing a new caricature of the Prophet Mohammad, saying it was a racist act that would incite hatred and upset Muslims around the world.

Charlie Hebdo is due to publish a front page on Wednesday showing a caricature of the Prophet in its first edition since Islamist gunmen attacked the weekly’s offices in Paris last Wednesday, killing 12 people.

“This edition will cause a new wave of hatred in French and Western society in general and what the magazine is doing does not serve coexistence or a dialogue between civilisations,” the office of Grand Mufti Shawqi Allam, one of the region’s most influential Muslim clerics, said in a statement.

“This is an unwarranted provocation against the feelings of … Muslims around the world”…

UPDATE: This is now being reported as a fatwa against the new issue.