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Egypt’s Mufti Calls for Patience over Anti-Islam Movie

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Egypt’s Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa has called on Muslims to show “patience and wisdom” in reacting to anti-Islam actions across the world, the CNN reported.

Egypt’s Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa has called on Muslims to show “patience and wisdom” in reacting to anti-Islam actions across the world, the CNN reported.

Gomaa, a leading figure in the Sunni Islam, spoke to CNN amid continuing protests across the Muslim world against a U.S.-privately produced controversial movie that mocks the Prophet Muhammad and a French satirical magazine's cartoons also deemed insulting to Islam.

"This is not freedom of speech, this is an attack on humanity, (an) attack on religions, and (an) attack on human rights," the CNN quoted the grand mufti as saying as Gomaa expressed bewilderment at why the Innocence of Muslims film was not illegal under anti-hatred laws in the United States.

Gomaa said clashes will not be the right response to the situation. “These cartoons spread hatred, and we call for peace,” he said.

Innocence of Muslims triggered protests that in Libya led to an attack on the U.S. consulate that left Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others Americans dead.