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Egyptian ministry closes Al-Hussein Mosque on Ashoura holiday to prevent ‘Shia lies’

Ashoura, the tenth day in the Islamic year, commemorates the martyrdom of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson, Imam Al-Hussein

Ahram Online , Thursday 22 Oct 2015
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File Photo: Egyptian Shias pray outside of the al-Hussein mosque to mark the festival of Ashoura, in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. (Photo: AP)
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The historic mosque of Al-Hussein will be closed during Ashoura to prevent the propagation of heresy, according to an official statement from the ministry of religious endowments.

The mosque will remain closed between Thursday and Saturday.

The statement claims that the closure is also meant to prevent “Shia rituals that don’t belong to Islam.”

Ashoura, the 10th day of the Islamic calendar, commemorates the 7th century Battle of Karbala, Iraq when Al-Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad and the son of the Prophet’s cousin Ali, was killed. 

The ministry added that it will take necessary legal procedures against any violators of its decision.

The ministry of religious endowments, which administers mosque affairs, bans construction of Shia mosques and all Shia religious rituals. 

Meanwhile, ultraconservative Sunni Salafist groups have consistently opposed the administering of any Shia commemoration at Al-Hussein Mosque. 

This is not the first time Egypt has closed the mosque ahead of the Islamic Ashoura festival.

In November 2013, the ministry closed the shrine at the heart of Al-Hussein Mosque to visitors to avert possible clashes between Salafists and Shias during the Ashoura commemorations.

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Humanitarian
24-10-2015 02:00pm
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It is obvious that the angel investors, deep pockets highly influential leaders, financing Sisi will demand in return loyalty to their personal extremist agenda. Way to go! Self-proclaimed leader!
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the khazars are NOT ORIGINATED from PALESTINE
24-10-2015 05:32am
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unity
It is time to remember of the saying of ALI ''THE UNITY OF ISLAM IS ABOVE EVERYTHING.''We cannot give chance to the enemy to DIVIDE US MORE !!
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Farhan
23-10-2015 07:01pm
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What the hell ?
No surprise here, this is coming from same fascist government.
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Sam Enslow
23-10-2015 12:35pm
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ALMONITOR
ALMONITOR carries an article by Haha Ali titled Egypt's Fake Mosque Problem. The article discusses the great number of non used mosques or non mosques that still employee three man staffs paid for by the ministerial offices. Of course the 'no show' employees pay bribes to get these jobs. Perhaps this problem should occupy the time of the minister more than citizens exercising their constitutional rights.
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