Egypt has launched an investigation into a journalist after he said the Prophet Muhammad’s overnight journey from Mecca to Jerusalem was “a completely delusional story”.
Ibrahim Issa told viewers on his private television show on Friday that some scholars have disputed the ascension of the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) and that Muslim preachers who ignore texts denying that the journey took place have “points of Salafist point of view”.
Egypt’s Islamic and governmental advisory body Dar Al-Ifta said on Saturday that the trip “has indeed taken place and cannot be denied in any way”.
Egyptian actor Mostapha Darwish has announced that he will no longer be in the film, the atheistbecause Issa wrote the script.
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In recent years, there has been an increase in blasphemy cases in Egyptian courts, which rights groups say is part of a wider culture of intolerance.
In 2020, Egypt’s Minister of Higher Education suspended a university professor after a video was shared online in which he insulted the Quran.
He was later accused by students of “contempt for the Islamic religion”.
In 2015, four Egyptian teenagers faced up to five years in prison and their teacher seven years after being charged with insulting Islam after a video emerged showing them mocking Daesh.
In 2017, university professor Dr Mona Prince was accused of “glorifying Satan” and “spreading destructive ideas” after teaching John Milton. lost paradise to his students at the University of Suez.