Hassan Al Shafi’ie accused of insulting Saudis
Young Egyptian composer Hasan Al Shafi’ie, who is on the judging committee of the popular talent program ‘Arab Idol’, is currently facing harsh criticism by Saudis accusing him of insulting them. Hassan is accused of insulting Saudis on the social network Twitter, which he is an active member on and always updates his personal page, especially since the Egyptian January 25 Revolution that overthrew the government of President Husni Mubarak.
It is said that Hassan had written on his Twitter page that he prays revolution would take place in Qatar and a reply by one of the members on his page saying “Amen, and Saudi Arabia as well so that the home of Prophet Mohammad Peace be Upon Him is purified”. This posted statement on Hassan’s page outraged Saudis who felt it was an insult to them, the King of Saudi Arabia, and all government officials.
On his part, Hassan presented a clarification for what was written stating that he has nothing to do with the statement and was not the one who wrote it. He also apologized to all his fans and specifically Saudis stressing his love and respect to the entire Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Hassan is currently on the judging committee of the popular talent show ‘Arab Idol’ alongside UAE singer Ahlam and Lebanese singer Ragheb Alamah. The show is currently airing on the Arab satellite channel MBC.