Egyptian Host Kicks Guest Out for Doubting Islam

Egyptian journalist Riham Said kicked out a guest for saying, among other things, that Mohammed was not Allah's messenger.

Elad Benari ,

Muslim women wearing niqab
Muslim women wearing niqab
Israel news photo: Flash 90

In Egypt, it’s not advisable to appear on a television show and express doubts about Islam. If you do that, you are likely to be kicked off the show.

That’s what happened to an Egyptian woman calling herself Dr. Noha. She is a Salafist-turned-skeptic who was interviewed by journalist Riham Said on Al-Nahar TV.

The interview, which aired on May 13, was translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

Dr. Noha is seen in the interview wearing a full face veil and explains that she is doing so to conceal her identity.

She proceeds to say that the prophet Mohammed wrote the Koran, but that there was no such thing as divine revelation and that he was not “Allah’s messenger”. This upsets Said, who says she believes “in every single word and letter of the Koran” and adds that “I am a Muslim and, therefore, I must implement Allah's Sharia.”

Said goes on to say that she believes that a thief's hand should be cut off and an adulteress should be stoned to death, as it says in the Koran and that “if we implement Islam in everything, no [bad] things will happen.”

The argument continues to escalate and Noha calls Said an ignorant. Ultimately, Said orders Noha to get out of the studio, saying, “I wasted my time talking to a crazy woman.”