Egypt's scholars reject government-written sermons

2016-07-27 21:51
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Cairo - In a rebuke to the Egyptian government, the top religious scholars of Egypt's Al-Azhar have rejected new government measures to standardise Friday sermons, saying such a step would "freeze" the development of religious discourse.

In a statement obtained on Wednesday, The Council of Senior Scholars of Al-Azhar, the Muslim world's most prominent institution, said that giving clerics pre-written Friday sermons would eventually "superficialise" religious clerics' thinking.

The statement claims that, "The Imam will find himself unable to discuss, debate, and respond to [extremist] ideas and warn people of them."

The standardised sermon initiative was launched by Egypt's Ministry of Religious Endowments - the government body regulating mosques and houses of worship - and has been criticised as the latest government move to tighten state control over religious discourse.

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