CAIRO: The Ministry of Endowment dismissed Saturday their Giza Secretary Essam Helmy, an active member of the Muslim Brotherhood, saying in a press statement that he had been absent from work for an extended period.
The ministry also said the former official was hosted by Al Jazeera and a number of news websites “to incite the violence against the state and its institutions.”
The decision is the latest of many from the ministry against members of the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists. The ministry has refused to allow a number of Islamist figures from delivering Friday sermons.
Spokesperson of the Preachers Syndicate Abdel-Ghany Hindy said that ministry realized the threat posed by the religious speech adopted the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafists, and praised the steps taken “to cleanse” the ministry from the extremists.
“The former regime was keen to politicize the religious speech. Such approach broke the image of Islam before the world,” he told The Cairo Post, adding that his syndicate launched a campaign to confront this extremist speech, stressing that the ministry should not be politicized.
The Ministry of Endowment has declined to provide licenses to those preachers who do not have a degree from Al-Azhar to deliver Friday sermons. It also prevented the politicians from using the mosques to achieve political gains.
Researcher Hassan Al-Qadi said that Minister of Endowment Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa wanted to “eliminate the extremists from the ministry” through banning the political work in the mosques related to the ministry, Middle East Online reported.