Amwal Al Ghad English - 2013-07-23 09:03:56
The scene opens in a Cairo mosque, where men have gathered for Friday prayers. “They ask you about music. Say it’s the tool of the devil,” a voice intones. “It’s haram, haram, haram.” The worshippers call out in agreement; they open their palms upward. There are shouts: “God is great!” “God help you gain more knowledge, our sheikh!” The camera focuses on a handsome young preacher with serious brown eyes. “Singing plants hypocrisy in the heart,” he tells his congregation. “And whoever sees a musical instrument should break it.” After the sermon, he takes a silver BMW to a television studio to tape an episode of his hit show, on the topic of sex before marriage (haram, haram, haram, naturally).
“My God, he’s as beautiful as the moon!” says a veiled camerawoman. “Too bad about his extremist views.”
The most talked-about television serial in Egypt this Ramadan season may be “Al-Da’iea” (“The Preacher”), the story of a conservative Islamist sheikh whose views draw him closer to the fundamentalist camp even as they alienate his family. Its popularity may seem strange, since millions of Egyptians recently took to the streets to depose their conservative Islamist President. But the Muslim Brotherhood, an organization that was underground for almost sixty years and governed the country for just one, still fascinates people, even those who despise it. More»