Egyptian journalist investigated for denying Muhammad’s journey to seventh heaven


  • In his television program, the controversial Ibrahim Issa called it a “false story”

  • Blasphemy is considered a crime in Egypt

The Egyptian Prosecutor’s Office has ordered “take steps to investigate” a series of complaints filed against the controversial journalist Ibrahim Issa, that he described as “false” in his television program the journey of the Prophet Mohammed to the seventh heaven on the back of a winged creature, according to Islamic tradition. “The Attorney General ordered measures to be taken to investigate the complaints filed with the Prosecutor’s Office against the journalist Ibrahim Issa,” said this body in a brief statement posted on Facebook.

Local Egyptian media reported that several lawyers and even parliamentarians denounced this controversial journalist, who is characterized by being vicious with the Muslim Brotherhood Islamist group, banned and persecuted in Egypt since President Abdelfatah al Sisi came to power in 2013.

In his television program broadcast on Friday, Issa branded as “false history” the journey made by the prophet Mohammed from Jerusalem to heaven on the back of a winged creaturesomething known as “Maaraj” (assumption, in Arabic) in the Koran but of which no details are offered in the holy book.

They are the so-called “hadiths”, the writings in which the life of the prophet is narrated, which specify how the miraculous journey of the prophet was from earth to heaven, and back. Blasphemy is considered a crime in Egypt, a conservative country in which around 90% of its population is Muslim.

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In addition to attacking the Muslim Brotherhood, Issa is also known for his favorable position towards Al Sisi, who in 2013 carried out a coup against the Islamists who were in power for only a year.

The Egyptian justice system frequently takes action against journalists, bloggers and anyone else for statements deemed “blasphemous”, and some defendants have been convicted and served time for this offence.


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