Egypt’s Al-Azhar prohibits watching ISIS execution videos

Muslim worshippers walk in the courtyard of Al-Azhar Mosque in the Islamic Cairo neighborhood after Friday noon prayers in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. (AP)

Al-Azhar, Egypt’s top Islamic authority, said on Monday it prohibits Muslims from watching and sharing execution videos released by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria to avoid fulfilling the group’s evil aims, the semi-official Ahram Online reported.

The statements were made in the wake of a recently released video that shows 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians being killed by ISIS militants in Libya.

Al-Azhar called on media outlets to avoid publishing the "crimes of the terrorists" in order not serve the group’s "sinister aim" in spreading fear among Muslims and affect their morale.

It also said Muslims are prohibited from watching and spreading these videos, which are meant to promote Islamophobia, the website added.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:45 - GMT 06:45