11. Mosques and politics: a necessary correction

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The author disagrees with what Kamāl Abu al-Majd said in the newspapers that Islam prohibits using mosques in expressing political views.

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The author felt disappointed and surprised at what Kamāl Abu al-Majd said in the newspapers [Reviewer: Deputy Chairman of the National Council for Human Rights, no further details mentioned] about the draft law proposed by the Ministry of Endowments which prohibits holding demonstrations in mosques.
Abu al-Majd said that Islam prohibits using mosques in expressing political views.
The author disagrees with that for he believes that mosques are Muslims’ homes and can not be isolated from Muslims’ concerns and issues whether inside or outside Egypt
The author says that most of the decisions issued by the Ministry of Endowments against mosques are security-motivated and aim to place restrictions on clerics’ preaching and worshipers. But the thing he does not understand is what Abu al-Majd has to do with that.
In a phone call with Abu al-Majd, he said that his words were misinterpreted and indicated that he supports that mosques remain the place where Muslims discuss their issues provided that the sanctity of mosques is maintained.

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