CAIRO: A lawsuit filed by Al-Azhar demanding the prime minister and the minister of investment end the broadcasting of controversial show “With Islam” was rejected by the State Lawsuit Authority rejects for lack of jurisdiction, Youm7 reported Tuesday.
Suspending or revoking media licenses falls within the jurisdiction of the General Authority for Investment and Free Zones (GAFI,) while cancelling a program or shutting down a channel is in the hands of NileSat, according to the memo of the Sate Lawsuit Authority, a court at the State Council.
Al-Azhar, the most prestigious religious institution in the Islamic world, filed a lawsuit April 1 against the show’s presenter, Islam Behery for “broadcasting ideas that violate the foundations of Islam and its legacy,” according to Al-Ahram newspaper.
A few days later, GAFI gave a grace period of 15 days to privately-owned Al Kahera Wal Nas channel, which aired the show, to cancel “With Islam.”
On April 22, Al Kahera Wal Nasr announced it suspended the show; days after Al-Azhar institution filed a complaint accusing the show of “twisting Islam.”
In his daily TV program, Behery presented his interpretation of Islam, stirring controversy for questioning the credibility of the sources of the Hadiths, (Prophet Mohamed’s sayings;) the second basic reference for Islamic teachings after the Quran.