Published: 00:00 GMT Daylight Time - Wednesday 16 May 2012
Daily Prayer - Wednesday 16 May 2012
Give thanks that the charge of religious defamation against Egyptian Christian businessman and liberal political leader Naguib Sawaris has been thrown out of court. Mr Sawaris was charged with “blasphemy and insulting Islam” for an image he tweeted in June 2011 depicting the cartoon characters Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in Islamic guise, with a long beard and face veil respectively. Both lawsuits filed against him were rejected, one on 28 February, the other on 3 March. The tweet sparked a Muslim backlash against Mr Sawaris, with groups calling for a boycott of his companies. Pray that this will not happen and that freedom of speech will be upheld in the new Egyptian order.