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Ahmed El-Fishawy Summoned to Court Over 'Contempt of Religion' in Sheikh Jackson

"We need to set an example for anyone who dares question the fundamentals of Islam," reads the police report.

Staff Writer

Egyptian actor Ahmed El-Fishawy was summoned by Cairo's Appeal Court for an investigation into his latest hit movie Sheikh Jackson on the basis of 'contempt of religion', El Ahram reports.

The report filed against El-Fishawy accuses him of portraying religious Sheikhs as backward extremists to serve the story's purpose. "This movie is offensive to the typically-reserved Egyptians and to Al Azhar institution," reads the police report, which was filed by the Lawyer's Syndicate's Secretary of Rights and Freedoms, Abdel-Rahman Abdel-Bary. "One of the scenes shows El-Fishawy as a mosque imam then cuts to Michael Jackson singing and dancing to the scene of Muslims praying, which contradicts the basis of Islam," the report elaborates.

Abdel-Bary further demanded severe punishment for El-Fishawy, along with the script writer and director, to set an example for anyone who "dares questions the fundamentals of Islam," according to El Ahram.