Wednesday 26 October 2016

'Society needs to be educated about Islam' - TV's Baz

Baz Ashmawy and Nancy. Photography: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland
Baz Ashmawy and Nancy. Photography: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Baz Ashmawy has spoken out on the need for society to become more educated about the Muslim faith of Islam.

The TV presenter previously hosted a documentary for RTE called The Lost Muslim in which he investigated the faith of his Egyptian father.

The Dubliner spoke out against the string of terrorist attacks committed by Islamic radicals and stressed the importance of people not equating those atrocities with the general Muslim population.

"It's a lot of just hearing one side of the story. We live in Europe and it's not a majorly Muslim place," he told the Herald.

"There is a lot of confusion. This is what terrorist groups do, they create confusion.

"Everyday Muslims are getting confused with radicals and the only way to change that is to educate people."


Baz's mother Nancy, who has also achieved fame through their hit series 50 Ways To Kill Your Mammy (inset), is from a catholic family and he says he has an admiration for both religions.

"My mum's catholic and my father's family are muslim, I'm just sailing. I can appreciate both religions," he said.

Baz did not receive any negative reaction after his documentary aired.

"It was a real eye-opener. People really embraced it and they were very cool about it," he said.

The 41-year-old is gearing up for the new series of 50 Ways To Kill Your Mammy, which airs on Sky 1 tonight.

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