Egyptian preacher ridiculed for using religion in advert for chicken product

Well-known Islamic preacher Amr Khaled fell prey to mockery on social media after appearing in a poultry company’s advert. (Screenshot from the advertisement)
Updated 19 May 2018
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Egyptian preacher ridiculed for using religion in advert for chicken product

CAIRO: Well-known Islamic preacher Amr Khaled fell prey to mockery on social media after appearing in a poultry company’s advert, by linking spirituality to eating from the brand.
Khaled begins by highlighting the importance of worship during Ramadan and how healthy eating helps Muslims who are observing the month.
The Egyptian preacher appeared in the video along with chef Ascia Othman, whom he introduced as “a developer for health meals,” set to prepare dishes using a specific brand of chicken.
He asks the chef why she is using this particular brand, to which she answers by listing its health benefits.
The preacher then concludes by giving a spiritual advice on how “in Ramadan, fasting does not only mean the stomach is abstaining from eating, but indeed every part of the body is observing fast.”
“Your eyes, tongue and ears are abstaining from what is prohibited.”
He then recommends recipes to be prepared by the chef during the month “as good for spirituality.”
“The soul will not increase in spirituality, unless your body and stomach are in good shape. And by trying Asica’s recipes, you will experience, in God’s will, an increase in spirituality as you perform night prayers and Taraweeh.”
Social media users hurled negative comments at the preacher on using religion to promote a chicken brand.
Many were also critical of Khaled’s religious language and how his linking between a chicken product and worship was illogical.


Farah the Falcon swoops in to predict World Cup results, but will Saudi Arabia win?

Updated 20 June 2018
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Farah the Falcon swoops in to predict World Cup results, but will Saudi Arabia win?

  • More than half her predictions have been accurate, although she was wrong about Egypt
  • Now see her make her swoop for the next Saudi Arabian match

DUBAI: South Africa’s World Cup had Paul the Octopus in 2010, Brazil’s World Cup had Big Head the loggerhead turtle in 2014, now Russia’s World Cup has Farah the Falcon.

However, the feathered flyer predicted Egypt to come out triumphant in Tuesday night’s game against host’s Russia - but the outcome was the opposite.

Farah guessed Saudi Arabia would lose its second game at the tournament against Uruguay on Wednesday.

This is not what any Saudi Arabia fan wants to see (Screenshot/Youtube: Dubai Eye 103.8 Sport)

It has been a rough group stage for Arab nations with all four countries losing their games so far.

Swooping in from her perch on the arm of her trainer, Farah – who is sponsored by UAE-based radio station Dubai Eye – glides towards one of two wooden flags bearing the colors of the countries playing against each other.

The flag she lands on is her predicted winner for the game.

So far, 10 of the 17 games played have been predicted correctly – with two of those ending in draws and seven ending with the predicted winner actually losing. This makes her accuracy at 58.8 percent.

Tunisia is predicted to lose its games on Saturday against Belgium, with Morocco set to suffer the same fate against Portugal on Wednesday according to the feathered foreseer.

Paul the Octopus was the most famous of the animal predictors, predicting 12 out of 14 matches correctly with an accuracy of 85.7 percent.

See how Farah made her Saudi Arabia v Uruguay prediction