Egypt: Islamic supremacist talk show host assaults liberal Muslim guest
by Mark Alexander
Islamic supremacists in Egypt have been tirelessly working for the last 15 years to change their image in the public square into that of a peaceful, God-fearing group that builds hospitals and feeds the poor. They are doing all they can to distance themselves from their terrorist activities of the past. However, the Bible warns us to “be careful of wolves in sheep’s clothing,” and that is what these modern day Islamic supremacists are: wolves in sheep’s clothing.
Perhaps you have heard of Sheikh Khalid el Gindi, a modern day Islamic supremacist televangelist who wears no beard, no long galabeya, or slippers. He wears nicely tailored Western suit, is clean-shaven, and is full of rhetoric of love for the Christian minority.
Khalid el Gindi has his own show on the Al Azhari Channel, a TV channel funded by Al Azhar University, which is itself funded by the Egyptian taxpayer. It is a channel dedicated to educating Muslims about Islam.
Doctor Sayid El Qimini, Doctor of Cultural Studies, received his degree from the University of Southern California after graduating with his Masters from Ain Shams University in Cairo. He has a list of published books attacking Islamic supremacist ideologies, asserting that which is detested by Islamic supremacists: the idea that the Quran is not right for all places and for all times. He also holds the country”s highest literary award.
Dr. Qimini was asked by the Al Azhari Channel and the producer of Khalid El Gindi’s show to come on regarding a dispute that had emerged between Dr. Qimini and Gindi. The show was to be moderated by Siliman Fudel, a true Islamic supremacist who travels around the world debating Western thinkers on Islam. When Dr. Qimini arrived at the station, he waited over three hours in the lobby, where he claims the heat was purposely turned off. This method was used by the station, according to Dr. Qimini, to get him fired up or worked up in time for the show. He was shamefully not introduced as a Doctor by the host, and he commented on that lack of respect shown by the channel.
What ensued after that was a demeaning attack on Dr. Qimini’s character. The host showed clips of interviews from other channels, manipulatively edited by Al Azhari in an attempt at character assassination of Dr. Qimini. At one point in the show, a debate began about whether the Quran was fit for all places and for all times, at which point the moderator, Siliman Fudel, became enraged and attacked Dr. Qimini, claiming falsely that he didn’t really have a doctorate and that there were cases filed against him on charges that he had faked getting a doctoral degree.
Then Khalid El Gindi attacked Dr. Qimini, using language and rhetoric that is unfit and disrespectful. Dr. Qimini rebuked Gindi, removed the microphone from his jacket, and stated that he had had enough and was leaving. After that, when Al Azhari was no longer broadcasting, Dr. Qimini was viciously assaulted by the moderator, Siliman Fudel, who grabbed a mug and slammed it on the back of Dr. Qimini’s head while he was not looking. Dr. Qimini dropped to the floor. One of the production crew members turned on his mobile video camera and filmed the entire assault. Other members of the production crew, according to mobile footage, ran over to protect Dr. Qimini from the blind rage of Siliman Fudel.
Dr. Qimini was rushed to the hospital and later filed a lawsuit against Siliman Fudel. The investigation is now pending. No charges have yet been brought against Fudel by the prosecutor’s office.
Since the attack, Dr. Qimini has been invited onto several media channels to explain to viewers his positions on religion and politics, his respect for Islam, and his idea that certain suras of the Quran need to be modernized, because times have changed.
Will Siliman Fudel be prosecuted in the new Egypt? Or will attacks on liberals continue to be excused by prosecutors with Islamic supremacist tendencies?