CAIRO: A private lawyer filed on Sunday a lawsuit Sayed al-Qemni for slander and libel after the writer labeled Al-Azhar a “terrorist organization,” Youm7 reported.
In a controversial Saturday episode on ON TV, Qemni said that President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi “was mistaken when he tasked Al-Azhar, the world’s most prestigious Islamic institution, with renewing the religious discourse.”
Qemni, known for his critical tackling of the Islamic history, was interviewed amid a wave of anger among TV anchors after their fellow anchorman Islam Beheiry was jailed late December for “insulting religion” in a lawsuit filed by a private personality.
While he threatened to “turn the world” against those who would try him, he also threatened he would filed a lawsuit against Al-Azhar at the International Criminal Court on grounds that it “exports terrorism to the world.”
Established in 970, Al-Azhar has launched several campaigns in the past two years to curb extremist ideology and “correct the image of Islam.”