|Dr. Noha hiding her identity under Islamic Headbag.|
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 Riham 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.”
(Following are excerpts from the interview Egyptian TV host Riham Said held with Salafist-turned-skeptic Dr. Noha, which aired on Al-Nahar TV on 13 May 2014.)
Riham Said: You do not usually wear a hijab, right?
Riham Said: So why did you put one on?
Riham Said: But you say that the Koran isn’t for real.
Riham Said: You don’t believe that our Prophet Muhammad is Allah’s messenger?
Riham Said: I did not ask you about divine revelation. I wanted to know if you claim that the Prophet Muhammad is not Allah’s messenger.
Riham Said: How did you come up with that?
Riham Said: How did you decide he is a myth?
Riham Said: I believe in every single word and letter of the Koran.
Riham Said: How am I different?
Riham Said: Absolutely.
Riham Said: Of course.
Riham Said: A thief’s hand should be cut off, and an adulteress should be stoned to death.
Riham Said: You have the right to speak your mind, but you have no right to call it a myth.
Riham Said: That’s your opinion. […] You seriously do not believe that God exists?
Riham Said: So why don’t you pray to him?
Riham Said: How can you believe in Him without praying to Him?
Riham Said: How come?
Riham Said: Why should He respond when you talk like that?
Riham Said: Obviously you were impure of heart…
Riham Said: Can it be coincidence that I get exactly what I ask for.
Riham Said: No, he gives me whatever I ask for.
Riham Said: Yes, I will.
Riham Said: I swear to God I will. […] How can you talk about ignorance when…
Riham Said: Me? Ignorant? Thank you very much.
Riham Said: I’m as ignorant as all of Egypt and the Arab world. If saying that the Prophet Muhammad was Allah’s messenger constitutes ignorance, I am proud to be an ignoramus.
Riham Said: Get out of here.
Riham Said: Get out of here.
Riham Said: Remove the microphone outside.
Riham Said: Remove the microphone outside. People, take her out of here. Go ahead.
Riham Said: It is I who has wasted my time talking to a crazy woman.
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