Min­istry of En­dow­ments bans Roushdy, Ab­del Galil from preach­ing

The Daily News Egypt - - Politics - By Mo­hammed El-Said

The Min­istry of En­dow­ments an­nounced on Thurs­day that for­mer deputy min­is­ter in the En­dow­ments Min­istry SalemAb­del Galil and Imam ofAl-Sayeda Nafisa MosqueAb­dul­lah Roushdy would not be al­lowed to lead Fri­day cer­e­monies or prayers and classes, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment on Mon­day.

In its state­ment, the Min­istry of En­dow­ments de­nounced the re­marks by Ab­del Galil and Roushdy and de­scribed them as harm­ing the na­tional in­ter­est and con­tra­dict­ing what the min­istry calls for, such as cit­i­zen­ship and free­dom of re­li­gion and choice.

The en­dow­ments de­moted Roushdy to an as­sis­tant re­searcher po­si­tion in Cairo’s en­dow­ments, ac­cord­ing to the state­ment.

The min­istry called upon “na­tional me­dia out­lets” not to dis­cuss such sen­si­tive is­sues in or­der to re­spect oth­ers’ be­liefs and pre­serve the high in­ter­est of the na­tion.

“Abdullah Roushdy doesn’t have a PhD or even a Masters de­gree and nei­ther is he a staff mem­ber at AlAzhar Univer­sity, while Salem Ab­del GalilAb­del has re­signed from his po­si­tion in the Min­istry of En­dow­ments in 2014,” the state­ment read.

The state­ment comes fol­low­ing a con­tro­versy over prom­i­nent cleric and for­mer deputy min­is­ter in the Min­is­ter of Re­li­gious En­dow­ments Salem Ab­del Galil, who faces ac­cu­sa­tions of con­tempt of re­li­gion af­ter he claimed that Chris­tians and Jews fol­low cor­rupt re­li­gions and are non­be­liev­ers.The Imam of Al-Sayeda Nafisa Mosque, Abdullah Roushdy, was ac­cused of “apo­s­ta­tiz­ing” Chris­tians dur­ing tele­vi­sion in­ter­views.

Roushdy de­nounced the de­ci­sion and de­scribed it as an in­jus­tice against him. He said that he al­ways as­serted the im­por­tance of peace­ful co­ex­is­tence and does not un­der­stand the rea­sons for pun­ish­ing him, es­pe­cially as he was ex­plain­ing Qu­ranic verses.

Min­istry of En­dow­ments,Abdullah Roushdy, Salem Ab­del Galil

The preacher pre­vi­ously said that non-Mus­lims are fol­low­ers of flawed be­liefs

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