For years, “rock star” Muslim televangelists in Egypt have drawn people to their strident views toward women, Christians, art and the West, notes a new report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
Some urged girls to wear the hijab “at the beach, even if surrounded by semi-naked girls.”
“This is the way to fix society,” intoned one, Amr Khaled.
Most didn’t study Islamic theology at the prestigious Al Azhar University, instead presenting themselves as average people who suddenly acquired knowledge of Islam.
Some cashed in, like Khaled, who was estimated by Forbes Arabia to have an income of some $2.5 million a year.
But now, according to new report, they are losing their clout.
The special report by Hany Ghoraba at the Investigative Project on Terrorism explains they once captured the “hearts and minds of millions of Egyptians” but now are “losing popularity.”
“They started to lose credibility during the June 2013 revolution that drove the Muslim Brotherhood from power and in the subsequent terrorist attacks after Islamist President Mohamed Morsi’s ouster,” the report said.
Former Muslim Brotherhood member Sameh Eid said: “The state of abandonment of the Salafi preachers and the Muslim Brotherhood … is very good and serves the interests of the Egyptian, Arab and Islamic societies. The exposure of the ideas of these preachers and their great dependence on a heritage that is no longer suitable for the present time and place make them a rare and ridiculous material on the pages of the media.”
The television ratings for the Muslim speakers during the recent Ramadan were the lowest since 2011, the report said.
“Fewer people are watching the Islamist televangelists shows,” Islamist groups researcher and former Brotherhood member Tarek Abou Saad said, according to the report.