Egypt to 'restrict' religious sermons in Ramadan

Preaching in mosques was restricted by the religious affairs ministry to state-authorized clerics.

Egypt to 'restrict' religious sermons in Ramadan

World Bulletin / News Desk

Egypt's top official in charge of religious affairs said on Sunday that Egypt will restrict Ramadan sermons to topics of faith and morality.

Mohammed Mokhtar Gomaa said the decision should "unite people, not divide them," compared to what he described as a more politicized past when the country was run by Mohammed Morsi.

Following last year's overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi, the measure is the latest attempt by the state to control religious speech. In recent months Egypt has banned Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood, and passed a new law restricting protests.

Preaching in mosques was restricted by the ministry to state-authorized clerics.

In a separate development, a retrial for a prominent Egyptian activist who is sentenced to 15 years in prison in absentia for organizing an unauthorized protest and assaulting a policeman has been set for July 22nd by the Cairo appeal court.

During the time of rapidly eroding freedoms, the sentencing of Alaa Abdel-Fattah and 24 others was the latest blow to activists.

The sentence was the toughest against any of the secular activists behind the 18-day uprising that ended the reign of longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011. It is also the first conviction of a prominent activist since former army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi took office.

Last Mod: 30 Haziran 2014, 11:33
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