Verbal Clash In Egypt’s Parliament Over Call To Prayer
CHALLAH @ Egypt Independent (Formerly known as Al-Masry Al-Youm)
A verbal clash erupted between People’s Assembly speaker Saad al-Katatny and Salafi MP Mamdouh Ismail after the latter stood up and made the call for Asr Prayer during Tuesday’s parliamentary session.
Katatny criticized the move and angrily interrupted Ismail, saying that his actions were in violation of parliamentary procedures. Ismail insisted on continuing the call to prayer, and Katatny then threatened him with expulsion from the session.
“You are no more Muslim than any of us,” Katatny said. He went on to tell Ismail there was a mosque in the parliament building in which people can pray.
The incident caused a state of disorder within the session. Freedom and Justice Party MP Al-Sayed Askar responded to Ismail’s, saying, “During the time of the Prophet, peace be upon him, Muslims combined the Thuhr and Asr Prayers when necessary.”
Below is video of the incident. Things really get good around the 1 minute mark, though, the whole is quite entertaining.