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Renegade preacher will be 'held to account': Egypt ministry spokesman

Ministry of Religious Endowments says it will take 'appropriate measures' after Egypt's 'revolutionary preacher' leads Friday prayers in defiance of ministry's suspension order

Ahram Online , Friday 12 Apr 2013
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Egyptian Sheik Mazhar Shahin, right, is greeted by a victory signs as he talks inside the Kasr el Dobara Evangelical Church, just off Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, April 12, 2013 (Photo: AP)
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Religious endowments ministry spokesman Salama Abdel-Qawi has accused prominent preacher Mazhar Shahin of violating the ministry's charter by leading Friday prayers at Cairo's Omar Makram Mosque in defiance of a suspension order against him, Al-Ahram's Arabic-language news website reported. 

Shahin, known as the 'Tahrir Square preacher' for leading prayers during and after Egypt's 18-day uprising in 2011, defied a recent suspension order issued against him by the religious endowments (awqaf) ministry and leading midday prayers on Friday as he does every week.  

On Tuesday, Shahin was suspended from work by the ministry, which is responsible for overseeing mosque preachers countrywide, following accusations that he criticised President Mohamed Morsi during his recent sermons.

Abdel-Qawi went on to say that Shahin would be "held accountable" for his defiance in accordance with the law.

"Mazhar Shahin is sending a message to all state employees not to abide by laws and regulations," he said. "As a preacher, Shahin should have showed respect for administrative decisions."

The ministry spokesman added that the preacher "should have relied on legitimate means" of protesting his suspension. The ministry plans to investigate the case and take "appropriate measures," Abdel-Qawi asserted. 

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Democracia
14-04-2013 10:48am
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Go on!
Go on Sheik Mazhar! Do and say what your heart and your mind tell you to do or to say! Civil courage and common sense is what is needed in Egypt! I wonder if other preachers using prayers to speak and promote FOR Morsi or doing hate speeches will face the same problems. So many people are on your side and ready to defend your freedom of speech! We need much more Imams like you!
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ali
12-04-2013 06:40pm
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clean shave
well... you dont see many clean shaven Imams.
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abdulrahman
13-04-2013 03:51pm
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Respect Other People
It does not matter to the whole world whether a person is clean shaven or not. Pious Muslims, not all, normally keeps beards. Kindly take note that all Coptic Priests keeps their beards long. We should respect that too.
abdulrahman
13-04-2013 03:51pm
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Respect Other People
It does not matter to the whole world whether a person is clean shaven or not. Pious Muslims, not all, normally keeps beards. Kindly take note that all Coptic Priests keeps their beards long. We should respect that too.
AG
12-04-2013 10:12pm
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It's true
Not sure why you're getting down votes. It's true, you don't. That's not really defending/attacking anyone. Not a lot of Imams shave is a fact. I'd like people to show me examples of other Imams that are clean shaven. I'm not talking about the "fill in" Imams because you're in a small town that cannot bring anyone.
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