Majd El Qassem: My Brother Faisal is a Hindrance to my Path

Published October 30th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

In the first interview ever conducted with Egyptian singer Majd El Qassem on his recent exile from Egypt, the Syrian said he should have never been judged according to the actions of his brother Faisal, reported Al Ittihad newspaper. 

Majd added that he has nothing to do with his brother’s program on Al Jazeerah, Al Ittijah Al Mu’akes (The Opposite View). 

“Since the beginning of Al Ittijah Al Mu’akes, the world started turning against me; as if they were trying to take revenge on my brother through me,” said Majd, adding “I didn’t do anything to be thrown out of Egypt, the country I love so much, and the country I wanted to excel in; especially since I know that I can actually do extremely well in Egypt.” 

“This is not the first time that I have been asked to leave because of Faisal, but this is the first time that the decision was implemented; I realize and know that my brother is a hindrance to my road to fame,” said Majd. 

As for his personal opinion on his sibling, the singer said, “my brother is a grade A entertainer, because he actually plays the ‘Nay,’ a Calligrapher and painter who has presented many exhibitions of his work throughout the capitals of the world. He is an educated and well-read man who knows what is going on in the world. I respect him greatly, aside from him being my brother, because he has ventured into a new realm of Arabic media.” 

“Faisal has upset the dormant waters of the Arab media and proved that the world is moving towards globalization and that we as Arabs must move forward,” added Majd. 

“The human soul is weak, and I do not hide the secret that I too once became weak when all the doors were shut in my face because of my brother Faisal. Even my production company has broken its contract with me; but I did not give up. In fact, I told my brother about all that is happening to me and never reprimanded him for it. This made him feel very bad.” 

Majd also revealed that the incident had nearly led to his brother’s death. 

“I don’t want to hide the fact that when my brother Faisal heard about what was happening to me, his blood pressure went up so high that he had to go to hospital and stay there for a whole week.” 

As for his current role in a movie depicting the life story of the late legendary Egyptian singer Farid El Atrash, Majd said, “my work will continue and director Mazen Al Jabali, writer Rafiq Al Saban and my two brothers Mahjoub and Faisal make up the whole team.” 

Added the singer, “if problems will come, it will be in completing the shooting in Cairo, where the singer lived most of his life. – 

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