Endowment Ministry will grant judicial license for ministerial leaders
Minister of Religious Endowment Mokhtar Gomaa - YOUM7/Sami Waheeb

CAIRO: The Ministry of Religious Endowment is planning to grant 30 ministerial leaders a judicial license to file reports against those not affiliated with the ministry, Youm7 reported.

Ministry sources said that Minister of Religious Endowment Mohamed Gomaa will submit a proposal to the Ministry of Justice to grant 30 preachers a judicial authority to prevent the exploitation of worship houses for unfavorable purposes.

Those preachers will be prepared legally and judicially, in coordination with Ministry of Justice, to prohibit strangers from delivering sermons in mosques, the sources said.

Gomaa prohibited Islamic politicians from delivering Friday sermons in mosques even if they hold a PhD from Al-Azhar University, he said in a statement May 12, noting that preachers would be required to take a license from the ministry to deliver sermons.

The decision would apply to Yasser Borhami, a leading member of Salafi Call, and that he would not be permitted to deliver Friday sermons.

The decision to impose supervision on the mosques was made in the framework of the ministry’s plan to oversee mosques to maintain their sanctity away from any partisan or political orientations.

Additional reporting by Ismael Refat.

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