The debate over the programme, called With Islam and presented by Islam El-Beheiry on private satellite TV channel El-Qahera Wal-Nas, started last week when Al-Azhar, the country’s leading Sunni Islam institute, filed an official complaint with the Free Media Zone, the state department in charge of managing cable TV channel contracts.
El-Beheiry’s show has previously tackled several controversial issues in Islam, including punishment for apostasy, the debate on early marriage, and different interpretations of the Hadith, the sayings and teachings of Islam’s Prophet Muhammed.
On Thursday, two independent lawyers filed a complaint with the prosecutor-general, accusing El-Beheiry of contempt of religion, insulting the Prophet’s companions and the Sunnah, the teachings and practices of Islam’s Prophet.
An open discussion about Islam is not allowed in Muslim countries – Egypt being a prominent Muslim country. Mr. El-Beheiry is being accused of “attacking the fundamentals of religion.”
FUNDAMENTALS OF ISLAM ACCORDING TO THE QURAN
- Freedom of religion
- Freedom from oppression
- Worship God ALONE
- Uphold only the Quran as a source of religious law
- Only acceptable hadith (narration) is the Quran
- Only acceptable sunnah (system) is God’s which is spelled out in the Quran
Does the representative of Al-Azhar uphold any of the above fundamentals from the Quran? The answer is no. The consequences are horrendous in this world and the Hereafter.