Preacher who compared songs to prostitution suspended
A preacher delivering a Friday sermon in Cairo - Youm7 Archive

CAIRO: A religious orator was suspended Friday after he delivered a sermon with a topic different from that assigned by the Endowment Ministry; he said in the sermon that “songs are a form of prostitution,” Youm7 reported.

The topic of the sermon for this Friday, unified in all mosques in Egypt, was supposed to be about the concept of “loving and defending the homeland” in Islam.

Taha Ziada, undersecretary of the ministry in Dakahlia, the Delta, told Youm7 that preacher Ali Askar will be investigated for the topic of his sermon. Askar said in the Friday sermon, where Muslims gather in large numbers to listen to the sermons and pray, that men who let their families listen to songs are “cuckolds.”

The Ministry of Endowment has set strict regulations over the religious discourse and mosques since the 2013 ouster of President Mohamed Morsi, with claims that hard-line preachers had taken over mosques and offered extremist ideology.

Further, only preachers licensed by the ministry may deliver sermons at a mosque.

Additional reporting by Sherif el-Deeb

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