Min. of Endowment and Nour Party announce joint effort to confront extremism
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CAIRO: Minister of Endowment Mokhtar Gomaa and head of the Salafist Nour Party Younis Makhyoun announced joint efforts in the framework of confronting extremism, mistrust, and takfir (sinning), Youm7 reported Friday.

Gomaa and Makhyoun met Thursday to discuss the new preacher law and the adopted honor code of preaching.

Former President Adly Mansour adopted a decree June 5 limiting religious preaching at mosques to Al-Azhar scholars authorized by the ministry. The law sets forth a prison term of one to twelve months and a fine of 20,000 to 50,000 EGP ($2,790 to $6,900) for delivering a religious lesson or sermon without license.

On June 29, Gomaa announced the honor code of preaching, setting ground rules to keep political issues out of sermons to all who preach.

The code allows some Salafi preachers to give sermons while banning others, including Makhyoun.

Youm7 reported that Gomaa said the code allows some non-Azhar scholars to preach through Al-Azhar and the ministry.

During the Thursday meeting, Gomaa also announced there will be expansion in building institutes for preachers belonging to the ministry to train non-Al-Azhar scholars, according to Youm7.

The Salafi Call will oblige to the preacher law and will not give sermons on Friday, High Authority of Nour Party member Salah Abdel Maaboud told Youm7.

According to CBC Extra TV channel, the Ministry of Endowment started applying the unified Friday sermon across Egypt. It was reported that the July 4 Friday sermons’ theme is “Call to good manners.”

Additional reporting by Ahmed Arafa, Kamel Kamel, and Ismail Refaat.

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