Egyptâ€™s justice minister, Ahmed el-Zind, has been fired by the prime minister for what many see as his overzealousness. In his bid to convince citizens of his commitment to fighting crime, he said heâ€™ll imprison the prophet Mohammed if he committed a crime.
According to cabinet spokesman, Hossam Qawish, the minister was â€œreleased from his positionâ€. El-Zind said in a television interview that he would put anyone who violates the law in prison, â€œeven if he is the prophet, peace and blessing be upon him.â€
El-Zind quickly followed by saying â€œI ask God for forgivenessâ€ for making the comment. But that did not prevent a backlash by faithful Muslims as well as criticism on social media.