Australian imam attacked with shoe on Egyptian TV after insisting Muslim women should NOT have to wear veil

A controversial Sydney imam has been attacked with a shoe while live on air on an Egyptian talk show.

Mostafa Rashid was discussing whether Muslim women should wear headscarves when Egyptian lawyer Nabih al-Wahsh took off his shoe and beat him round the head with it.

Mr Rashid, a moderate Muslim, has courted controversy in the past by saying women should not have to wear the veil and declaring that drinking alcohol is not forbidden.

His comments on headscarves infuriated Mr al-Wahsh, who removed his shoe and tried to assault Mr Rashid with it.