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Friday's sermon to highlight Suez Canal celebrations

Ahram Online , Tuesday 4 Aug 2015
Birds fly over mosques during sunset in Old Cairo December 22, 2012 (Picture: REUTERS)

Next Friday’s sermon, or Khutbah, in Egyptian mosques will carry the title “Suez Canal opening, a model of volition and hard work” in the context of Suez Canal celebrations.

The Khutbah will include four main elements including the importance of work in Islam, the value of supporting economic projects, and the importance of perfection in the work we do. It will also discuss what’s next for Egypt following the canal opening, according to the official website of the Ministry of Awqaf.

Earlier in March 2014, authorities decided to unify Friday’s Khutbah in Egypt. This was one of a number of decisions aimed to control religious discourse in the country after some mosques publicized ideas held by the Muslim Brotherhood, which is considered a terrorist group by many countries, including Egypt.

The Ministry of Awqaf is an Egyptian ministry that is responsible of religious endowments in Egypt.

After unifying Friday’s Khutbah, the ministry’s website started publishing the official Khutbah on regular basis.

Friday’s Khutbah is an Islamic tradition of regular sermons that take place every Friday at noon prayers.

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