CAIRO: Spokesperson of Salafi Front Khaled Saeed accused the Minister of Religious Endowments Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa of “sinful sectarianism.”
Gomaa said Azhar graduates should separate politics from religion, and should refrain from giving sermons if they are involved in politics in a Saturday press conference.
Saeed told Youm7 that each Muslim should know about politics, and separating religion from politics is “not Islamic.”
He added that the Ministry of Religious Endowments’ statements indicate an attempt to “controlling mosques by security.”
The 2014 constitution stipulates that Islam is the religion of the state, while at the same time stipulating it prohibits political parties based on religion.
“If President Adly Mansour himself makes a speech in a mosque without a license, we will ban him from this and file a report against him in the police station. This is our right according to the decision issued by Ministry of Religious Endowments,” Ministry of Endowments deputy Gaber Tayee said.
Ministry of Religious Endowments filed a report against Sheikh Mohamed Hussein Yacoub following a Friday speech in Minya. The Salafist Nour Party interfered to resolve the crisis with the ministry.
Additional reporting by Kamel Kamel.