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Private TV channel hosts debate with controversial Islamic researcher El-Beheiry

El-Beheiry is known for questioning the credibility of the sources of the Prophet Mohammed's sayings; President El-Sisi calls for responsible debate, hints some approaches not suitable

Ahram Online , Saturday 18 Apr 2015
Osama Al-Azhary and Islam El-Behery
Al-Azhar professor and scholar Osama Al-Azhary (R) and Islamic researcher Islam El-Behery (L) speaking during a debate on Friday April 17, 2015 (Photo courtesy of CBC)
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Islamic researcher Islam El-Beheiry once again confronted on TV a representitive from Al-Azhar, Egypt's highest Muslim Sunni authority that has been criticising him over his opinions.

The two-hour debate on Saturday featured Yemeni religious Scholar Habib Ali Al-Jifri Al-Azhar, Egyptian Al-Azhar professor and scholar Osama Al-Azhary, and El-Beheiry. It was moderated by TV Host Khairy Ramadan on private broadcast TV channel CBC.

El-Beheiri and Al-Azhar debate

During the debate, Al-Jifri said that he agrees with El-Beheiry that some religious approaches need revision and renewal, but he disagreed with his approach and methods

El-Beheiry, who is known for questioning the credibility of the sources of the Prophet Mohammed's sayings, said that scholars are human and their texts should be dealt with as such. When they are harsh, as when they call for capital punishment in some cases, we should be harsh with their texts.

The sources of Prophet Mohammed's sayings are a prime reference for Islamic teachings, next to the Muslim holy book of the Quran.

Earlier in April, Al-Azhar filed a complaint to the General Body for Investment and Free Zones requesting TV channels not air El-Behery's show, adding that it knew the authority planned to send a warning to Al-Qahera Wal Nas, the channel that airs his show.

El-Beheiry's show, Al-Azhar's statement said, deliberately makes people question what is certain in religion and it threatens social peace. Al-Azhar also accused the show of stirring sectarian strife.

Since Al-Azhar's statement, El-Beheiry has taken part in several debates, including on Al-Qahera Wal Nas. 

El-Sisi's remarks

Prior to the Saturday debate, Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said that he previously spoke on religious discourse but didn't go into details, because "This is the role of religious institutions, in a responsible mindful way."

In January, El-Sisi spoke in front of Al-Azhar’s religious scholars in a televised speech demanding a "religious revolution" on texts and ideas that have been held sacred for hundreds of years. The president said that these ideas are causing "worry, danger, and destruction to the whole world."

However, on Saturday El-Sisi said that he found "some talk not in the benefit of the cause." He urged caution in discussing religious discourse so not to pressure public opinion and scare people, "Because there's nothing more precious than religion."

"Religious discourse won't be fixed overnight and not in this way. It requires enlightened effort from enlightened scholars," El-Sisi stated.

El-Sisi said that, "All our attention should be focused on protecting and preserving Egypt."

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expat
18-04-2015 06:53pm
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the hadiths are...
just and simple tell-tales, as if a "best friend" of mine would start to tell stories about me after my death...a society earnestly starting to built its religious and more important,juristical system arround this nonsense is at least questionable the man is fully right,whats not in the quran,is not "god's" but human words al ahzar is a hotbed for themself extremistic teachers,which try to appaese the freakiest of their flock with smoothing debates better to face the truth, moslems loose sympathy like a tin opened by force...soon there will nothing be left and ALL the rest of humanity will stand up against this poison of mind
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Hani Azzam
18-04-2015 09:15pm
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Allen: what does Knowledge of English has to do with being right or wrong?
Egyptians are more or less a religious people. Remarks and views by Secularists mean nothing to most Egyptians. More to the Point, Christians and atheists who murdered tens of millions of people are utterly unfit to criticize Muslims.
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khan
18-04-2015 05:23pm
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first sisi must understand islam
the scholars are only pro govt not free mind free idea scholars because govt of Egypt inviting all seculars puppeds and pro Europe schelors
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expat
19-04-2015 06:12pm
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i missed the best part :)
didnt you hero know,that mohamed himself described himself as the last prophet of this god? according to him the former two people of the book didnt get the message given to them right and misued the knowledge and angered his "Allah"...what a joke YOU are,little AKP-Follower of the new Khalif
expat
19-04-2015 06:03pm
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to Kamal
you hero mix,whatever you like,little erdowan twat...first of all i am not a US-citizen,so leave me alone with the great western atrocities towards their aboriginies, second dont get me wrong,when i talk about christians, as for sure,they are light years ahead of the muslims,when it comes to self reflection,but they are still caught in the semitic-based tribe religions...our own gods are far more sophisticated,comparable to the pharaos gods. it would be too much for a AKP member to search of the origins of germanic religion, so i dont ask you for that. WE know from experience,how it feels to get a semitic religion pulled over by force, so no need to adopt a degraded copycat version of it to enter our homelands. best leave the educated,cvilised europeans all in all alone with your belives,as they only create havoc,whereever they turn up
Kamal Begovic, Istanbul
18-04-2015 09:27pm
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Expat...your old Testament god ordered the extermination of men, women and children...and even animals.
Your White Christians murdered 20 million in America and called the genocide "manifest destiny? and then celebratedthat genocide on a holiday they called "thannksgiving"
Salim Murad
18-04-2015 09:21pm
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stupid Mr. English. You are utterly unfit to discuss Islam. You have your way, and we have ours. Remember, secularists like you have destroyed Egypt and made it poorer, more ignorant and more primitive. Get lost.
Khan is absolutely correct. Azhar ulema are answerable to the terrorist regime.
expat
18-04-2015 06:56pm
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don't you worry,khan from pakistan..
nearly everybody with a working mind has untill now understood the basic message of this religion...it goes simply like this: everybody not with me,is my enemy,one day we will rule the world and enslave all khuffar and dhimmis...thats the whole message and beyond that nothing
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Allen
18-04-2015 05:50pm
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Fist Khan must learn English
Before he/she continues to make a fool out of himself and the Muslim brotherhood on a daily basis.
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