CAIRO: Tahrir Square preacher Gomaa Mohamed Ali attacked presidential hopeful Hamdeen Sabbahi‘s platform in a Friday sermon and said it was “unrealistic” and cannot be implemented.
Ali is a member of the Azharion Front for the Civil State and is known for being pro-military and anti-Muslim Brotherhood. He regularly involves politics in his sermons despite the Ministry of Religious Endowments banning political speeches, whether supportive or hostile, in sermons.
Minister of Religious Endowments Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa told Sada ElBalad channel that he would ban politicians from any party if they made speeches in mosques.
He added that the new law punishes those who make a speech in a mosque without obtaining a license with a month in prison or a fine.
In addition to his ant-Sabbahi comments Friday, Ali also listed a string of criticisms and suggestions aimed at the government. He warned there would be a “hunger revolution” if fuel subsidies are canceled and added labor protests would increase if prices rise, Youm7 reported.
He also demanded to dismiss students in the Police Academy who were accepted during Mohamed Morsi’s presidency and justified this by saying that they are a “time bomb” and represent a danger to the future of the police. Additionally, he called on banning the National Alliance for Supporting Legitimacy and listing it as a terrorist organization.
Finally Friday, he called on Al-Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed el-Tayeb to appoint 50 scholars to counter fatwas listing people as nonbelievers.
Additional reporting by Eslam Saeed.