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TV station cancels show of controversial Islamic researcher Beheiry

Court on Wednesday also sets date for his trial on contempt of religion charges

Ahram Online , Thursday 23 Apr 2015
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A screen shot from Islam El-Beheiry's show on Al-Qahera Wal Nas TV channel.
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A private Egyptian satellite TV channel has cancelled the show of Islamic researcher Islam Beheiry who has been accused  by Al-Azhar and many Egyptians of “contempt of religion” over his criticism of classical Islamic theologians who interpreted the Quran and Hadith.

Al-Qahera Wal Nas (Cairo and the People) said on Wednesday in a statement, which did not directly  spell out its decision to take El-Beheiry off air,  it “does not encourage debates or programmes that stir divisions among Muslims and lead to tensions and strife.”

The station hinted in its statement that its decision on El-Beheiry’s show comes “out of respect to large segments of the Egyptian people  ... and  to the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar,”

In recent months, El-Beheiry stirred up controversy among clerics and many in the public for reassessing the credibility of some historical writers of major works of documentation and explanation of the Hadith and Sunnah (the teachings and practices of the Prophet Mohammed).

The contributions of some of the figures Beheiry questioned, including volumes by 9th century Imam Al-Bukhari and 13th century Imam Ibn-Taiymia,  have long been revered by Al-Azhar as indispensable reference points in understanding both the Hadith and the Quran.

Earlier in April, Al-Azhar — the highest authority in Sunni Islam — accused El-Beheiry of deliberately "fomenting doubts over what has been firmly established for centuries as basics in the Islamic  religion, and charged El-Beheiry was "inciting sedition and defaming Islam."

Shortly after Al-Azhar made its disapproval of El-Beheiry’s thoughts public by complaining to state agencies which regulate media broadcast,  an independent lawyer filed a legal complaint with prosecutors against both El-Beheiry and Al-Qahera Wal Nas management, accusing them of insulting Islam.

On Wednesday, a Cairo misdemeanor court set 30 May as a starting date for the trial of Beheiry and the owner of the station over charges of contempt of religion.

Beheiry has repeatedly argued that he aims only to contribute to the renewal of religious discourse in order to preserve the soul of Islamic theology from dangers presented by ultra-conservative jihadist interpretations.

In its Wednesday’s statement, Al-Qahera Wal Nas said it “would leave the task of renewing religious discourse to enlightened scholars."

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Taz
23-04-2015 09:41pm
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Al-Azhar is becoming a facist or a terrorist institution?.
So during the Morsi rule it was ok for those brotherhood/Salafi TV networks to call for destroying the pyramids, slander Egypt's prominent actors and actresses, publicly attack Egyptian Christians and incite hatred towards Sufi and Shia, but not ok for El-Beheiry to express his opinion on 9th and 13th century religious scholars. Al-Azhar even refused to take a firm stand against Da3ish. What is wrong in this picture?.Clearly Al-Azhar is more draconian oppressive institution that leans more towards jihadist then to individual's right for freedom. From now on your opinion will never matter to me and I hope many will fully suit.
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Neo
23-04-2015 06:50pm
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Interpretations are views not gospel
Religions should be open to diverse interpretations of the Holy books, and Researches should be allowed to question historical interpretations of these holy books by other researchers in different eras. The whole idea of INTERPRETATIONS is that they are subjective views of certain researchers at certain times, they are not gospel, just views! For sure Saudi Wahhabis offer more dangerous interpretations than Beheiry, where is the Azhar on that?
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