Ministry of Endowments to allow Salafis to preach in mosques
Yasser Borhami - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Firebrand preachers Yasser Brohamy and Younes Makhyon Nour had their preaching licenses restored Saturday by the Ministry of Religious Endowment, Youm7 reported.

Undersecretary of the ministry for the mosques affairs Mohamed Abd Al-Razeq told Youm7 that both Borhamy and Makhyon came to the ministry where they were obligated to sign a pledge that they would refrain from any political topics in their sermons, nor mention the upcoming elections.

Salafi sources told Al-Masry Al-Youm earlier Saturday that the ministry had allowed number of sheikhs return to the mosques, with the goal to fight extremist thought like that of the Islamic State group.

The source added that this step by the ministry came after long time of dispute between Salafi leaders and the government.

According to Al-Masry Al-Youm source Brohamy along with other Salafi leaders have preached sermons already on Friday in Alexandria, Fayoum, Beni Suef and Giza governorates.

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 12 months and a fine of 20,000 to 50,000 EGP ($2,790 to $6,900) for delivering a religious lesson or sermon without a license. The ruling was highly criticized by groups such as the Islamic Current.

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