Ramez Tahet El-Ard program - File photo
CAIRO – 2 June 2017: A fatwa was issued stating that all the programs that arouse fear and terror in its guests such as Ramez Galal program are religiously forbidden. Sheikh Al-Sayed Soliman, a member of Al-Azhar Alumni Association issued this Fatwa.
The Fatwa indicated as well that Sharia religiously forbids that a person does anything that frightens another person to the extent that Prophet Muhammad forbade referring with a hand to another person face even if he was joking.
Soliman added that these programs harm the guests and may even cause one of the guests to lose his life as a result of a heart attack or due to suffering from certain diseases. Also one of the major rules on which Islamic jurisprudence is based, is the rule of preventing harm. This rule is based on Islam Hadith by Prophet Muhammad.
Quran has preceded Sunnah in determining this rule, and we find verses that forbid harm, such as (make not your own hands contribute to (your) destruction) according to Yusfali translation and (And kill not your people. Surely, ALLAH is merciful towards you) according to Sherali translation.
Soliman pointed out that these programs push some of the participating guests to have nervous tension that drive them to insult the programs’ creators.
Some guests forgive the program makers, "In this case the guest waived his personal right only, but the action itself is religiously forbidden,’’ said Soliman.
Per the new bill, issuing Fatwas (Islamic decisions) will be limited to only four religious bodies, namely, Fatwa Committee of the Islamic Research Complex, Al-Azhar Senior Scholars Authority, the Administration of Fatwa at Awqaf (Endowment) Ministry, and Dar al-Ifta, which is responsible for the Islamic opinion.
It is worth mentioning that the Cairo Economic Court decided on Thursday to examine the first episodes of ‘’Ramez Taht El Ard’’ (Ramez Underground) program to decide whether or not to stop the program after accusing him of stealing the program idea that was to be presented under the title ‘’Remal Motahareka’’ (quicksand.)
The lawsuit against the program was filed by the author Amin Gamal Abdel-Fattah. He accused the defendant of stealing the program idea. Abdel-Fattah’s idea was legally documented and protected.