Egypt's senior religious cleric has condemned rumors circulating around the country that Coca-Cola is an enemy of Islam, the weekly newspaper Rose al-Yussef said Saturday.
The mufti, Sheikh Nasr Farid Wassel, said there was no truth to the rumor that Coca-Cola's logo, when turned around in a mirror reflection, resembles Arabic calligraphy that says "No to Mohammed! No to Mecca!"
The rumor had sparked pamphlets calling for a boycott of the US soft-drink manufacturer.
Sheikh Wassel said Islam is against "the propagation of empty rumors and intended lies that affect either public or private interests."
The mufti said such rumors could lead to the dismissal of thousands of workers in Egypt, where Coca-Cola has a production plant, and make it difficult for the employees to support their families -- CAIRO (AFP)
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