Ministry of Endowment warns against political speeches during Eid holiday
Minister of Religious Endowment Mokhtar Gomaa - YOUM7/Dina Romia

CAIRO: The Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs warned mosques against delivering any political messages during their Eid holiday sermons concerning the up-coming Parliamentary elections in a statement Saturday.

“The speech shouldn’t include any political context, as it should be framed by the religious occasion of the feast,” the ministry said.

The Cabinet adopted May 29 bill limiting religious preaching at mosques to Azhar scholars authorized by the Endowments Minister.

On June 29, Endowments Minister Mokhtar 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.

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

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