Salafi preachers not allowed to give sermons in mosques: ministry
Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmed el-Tayeb - YOUM7/Sami Waheeb

CAIRO: Salafi preachers are prohibited from giving sermons in Cairo mosques even if they possess a certificate from Al-Azhar, Deputy of Religious Endowment Gaber Tayee told Youm7 on Tuesday.

No one is allowed to take to the podium except for those assigned by the Ministry of Religious Endowment, Tayee said.

The Salafi preacher Mohamed Hassan obtained a certificate from Al-Azhar but he is not a preacher according to the Ministry of Religious Endowment, and if he decides to preach in any mosque he will not b allowed, said Tayee.

“If he preaches by force, I will file an official report against him,” Tayee added.

The Ministry of Endowment filed a report against a number of preachers, including the preacher Mohamed Hussein Yaqoub, last Friday for preaching in mosques with no authorization, the ministry said in a Friday statement.

The ministry issued a statement on April 20 criticizing the acts of the preacher Mohamed Hussein Yaqoub “and his Salafi group,” as they prevented the preacher Mohamed Ezz al-Deen, who was assigned by the Ministry of Endowment, from doing his job last Friday in al-Rahman al-Raheem mosque.

The ministry urged the authorities to take the necessary procedures to protect mosques and the endowment’s preachers against any potential assaults, the statement added.

The Sufi leader Abdel Hady al-Kasaby issued a statement on April 20 denouncing the “thugs” that prevented Sheikh Mohamed Ezz al-Deen from doing his job and giving the Friday sermon at al-Rahman al-Raheem mosque.

Anger has erupted in recent months over several preachers who have addressed politics in their sermons. The ministry has dismissed a number of preachers for inciting violence.

The Ministry of Religious Endowment dismissed eight Muslim Brotherhood leaders from their posts to eliminate what has become known as the “Brotherhoodization” of the ministry, according to a March 7 statement from the ministry.

In a statement issued in January, the ministry said three preachers were suspended from work in South Sinai because they violated the ministry’s rules for preaching.

On March 11, the ministry decided to put all mosques in Egypt under its supervision for a period not exceeding one month, according to Youm7.

Additionally reporting by Ismail Refaat.

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