Nov. 28 protests ‘haram’:  Relig. Endowment Ministry sermon
Minster of religious endowments Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa - YOUM7/Mahmoud Hefnawy
By AYA SAMIR

CAIRO: The Ministry of Religious Endowment (Awqaf) stated that participating in demonstrations called by the Salafist Front Nov.28 to commemorate the Mohamed Mahmoud clashes is “haram” (religiously prohibited) and that any who take part would be considered as having “betrayed their religion and country.”

The ministry’s remarks came from a sermon that shall be read out in all mosques nationwide Friday Nov. 21.

The Salafist Front previously called for an “Islamic revolution” against “military rule,” secular movements and absence of Sharia (Islamic Law) Friday Nov.28, in a statement published on their Facebook page Nov. 2.

The front accused the government of killing Islamic youth in the streets and squares; “He (Sisi) prohibits the name of Allah to be mentioned in mosques and strives to ruin and burn them,” the statement read.

The current constitution bans any parties that are religiously based, and in the spring of this year, the Ministry of Interior prohibited mosques from making political statements, and also prohibited those not certified by Azhar to preach.

Awqaf’s sermon added that during the clashes it would be possible that the Quran may fall from their hands to the ground, which is prohibited under Islamic Law; “this is a great mistake, and everyone would participate by calling or even joining is a traitor.”

“Mixing religion with policy and trading with it to gain people’s sympathy is not acceptable, as it will lead to nothing but distorting the image of Islam by the hands of those who follow it,” the statement read.

Since November 2013, a protest law has been in force that prohibits any political gathering organized without prior authorization from security forces.

The Ministry of Interior however, warned in statements reported by the official spokesperson Major General Hany Abd Al-Atef that any riots Nov.28 would be confronted with live weapons.

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