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Islamic scholar Shoman crashes Hisham Abbas concert

Hazem Shoman, an Islamic scholar known for his random outbursts, took over the stage at a Hisham Abbas concert preaching against music and wasting time at such parties

Ahram Onlne, Sarah Raslan, Wednesday 16 Nov 2011
Hazem Shoman
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Hundreds of students attending a Hisham Abbas concert on Tuesday night at the Nile Academy campus in Mansoura, capital of the Daqahliya governorate in Egypt's Delta region, were surprised when popular Islamic scholar Hazem Shoman entered the stage uninvited to condemn the event, which he described as 'monkar', or sinful. 

Shoman occupied the stage and told the audience that singing is 'haram', or forbidden, to which the students responded with chants against the scholar.

In an effort to prevent clashes between the students and Shoman’s supporters, the academy's vice president Mohamed Abdel Ghaffar and security officials escorted the scholar from the venue after discussions. 

Tuesday night's incident was not the first of its kind for the Islamic scholar who had previously crashed a fine arts party at Mansoura University's College of Pharmacy in the name of Islam. 

Shoman had also claimed presidential hopeful Mohamed ElBaradei's son-in-law is Christian in an attempt to tarnish the candidate's reputation among Muslims.  

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