04/10/2016 16:43 BST | Updated 04/10/2016 17:16 BST

Australian Imam Mostafa Rashid Attacked With Shoe During Live TV Debate About Burkas

Rashid defended Muslim women who choose not to wear burkas.

An Australian imam was attacked on live TV with a shoe after defending Muslim women who choose not to wear burkas. 

Mostafa Rashid was appearing on Egypt’s LTC TV during a discussion about the burka in the modern Islamic world on Monday, when he was attacked by Egyptian lawyer Nabih al-Wahsh.

Rashid had claimed the headscarf is a cultural tradition rather than a religious duty, 9News reported. 

Egyptian lawyer Nabih al-Wahsh attacks Australian imam Mostafa Rashid with his shoe during a live broadcast in Egypt

After abusing Rashid, al-Wahsh then took off his right shoe and tried to beat the Sydney imam with it. 

Rashid – who was originally from Egypt – is then seen trying to defend himself by kicking at Al-Wahsh as members of the production team rush on set to split the pair up.  

Mostafa Rashid defending Muslim women who chose not to wear burkas

After the confrontation ended Rashid was said to have rushed out of the studio, the Middle East Eye reported. 

Presenter Mohammed al-Ghaiti apologised to viewers for the on-air altercation.

The Mirror quoted him as saying: “It was a free fight in the middle of the studio. I never expected that something like this could happen on air.”