Egypt reduces jail sentence for Muslim scholar who suggested Islamic reform

An Egyptian court has reduced the jail term for a Muslim scholar convicted of “insulting Islam” on his television show from five years to one, judicial officials and his lawyer said Tuesday.

Islam al-Behairy faced an uproar in April after remarks he made on his program “With Islam,” in which he called for reforms in “traditional Islamic discourse.”

On his show on private satellite channel Al-Kahera Wel Nas, Behairy often questioned ancient Islamic preachings and centuries-old interpretations of the faith.

That came as President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has repeatedly urged reforms in interpretation of the faith.

But Behairy’s views outraged the influential Cairo-based Sunni Islamic learning center Al-Azhar, which claimed the program did not advocate “reforms” but rather “were insults to Islamic heritage.”

  • Ron MacDonald

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  • dance…dancetotheradio

    Because it’s 2015.

  • Ed

    “…But Behairy’s views outraged the influential Cairo-based…”

    I don’t care how “influential” it is. It IS NOT TRUE ISLAM. Can’t be. True islam is peaceful, huggy, love thy neighbor stuff. This is all getting so OLD.

  • Physics grad

    “were insults to Islamic heritage.”

    Islamic heritage is raping, pillaging, pedophilia, murdering, genocide, terrorism, theft, crimes against humanity, destruction of antiquities, imperialist wars of conquering and just all around evil.

    I have to wonder what the hell it is that could possibly be an insult to such an odious and criminal belief system as is Islam.

  • Alain

    That he was even arrested and charged says it all. All those wishing on a star for a reformation of Islam have much to learn.

  • The history of Islam is filled with such forceful muzzling of criticism. This is Islamic tradition.