Sudan protesters to name civilian council, pressure military    Egypt's Sisi receives Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for talks in Cairo    Benitez dodges questions over Newcastle future    Tennis: Nadal blown away by Fognini in Monte Carlo semis    Easter Day bombs kill 138 in attacks on Sri Lankan churches, hotels    Ronaldo is '1,000 percent certain' to stay at Juventus    Egypt votes on constitutional amendments    Moderate voter turnout in Dakahlia, Qena in first day of referendum    Above average turnout in Cairo, celebratory atmosphere in most polling stations    EU's Juncker warns of no-deal Brexit amid uncertainty    Trump praises Haftar's role in countering terrorism    Community dialogue seeking to amend Egypt's SDGs strategy begins on Tuesday    A German village goes it alone on climate protection    Egypt targets 6% GDP growth in FY 2019/20: Minister of Finance    Chess world champion Magnus Carlsen wants to keep winning streak going    Eintracht Frankfurt, a perfectly balanced club    Cultural tourism in Egypt thrives due to archaeological discoveries: Al-Mashat    NCW chief urges Egyptian women to vote in constitutional referendum    Egypt's Finance Ministry auctions T-bills worth EGP 18.5bn    Egypt cabinet's operations room following up on voting in constitutional referendum    Sleep myths may hinder good sleep and health    New attack on Ebola center in Congo; 1 militia member killed    Egyptians begin voting on constitutional amendments referendum in Egypt    Egypt's economy: Reining in inflation    Mauro Colombo's Tierra Adentro wins Yellow Robin award    Two Egyptian females win 2019 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting    Beyond chocolate: The egg in art and design    Trump forces Brussels' hand on trade despite tariffs backlash    Uber adds new feature for female drivers to drive only women in Saudi Arabia    Made in Germany, heard in Spain: The Leon cathedral organ connection    Spectacular scene, favourable draw    Sudanese demand ‘legitimate change'    Caught in the middle?    The final draft    Flight prices go sky high    Reining in inflation    Escaping expenses    ‘I don't want sympathy'    Pasta vegetable salad    The economic way ahead    Towards the referendum    Expected exit    Bundeli Kala Parishad troupe's Indian folk dance show at Al-Gumhouriya Theatre is a must go    Paris' Notre Dame    Screen blues    Vatican willing to offer technical know-how to help restore Notre-Dame    Al-Azhar condemns racist chants against Liverpool's Mohamed Salah    In the company of the philosopher Roshdi Rashed in Paris    







Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.





Egyptian parliament committee approves draft law limiting the issuing of fatwas to licensed clerics
Published in Ahram Online on 06 - 05 - 2017

Egypt's parliament took a step on Thursday to combat fatwas (religious edicts) by radical Islamist clerics, with parliament's religious affairs committee approving a draft law that limits the issuing of fatwas to licensed preachers.
According to the five-article law drafted by the committee's secretary-general Omar Hamroush, only clerics and scholars affiliated with Al-Azhar, Dar Al-Ifta, the Complex of Islamic Research and the religious endowments ministry's General Directorate of Fatwas will be the ones licensed to issue fatwas.
The draft law's second article, however, states that preachers, imams, and members of the teaching board of Al-Azhar University who give lessons on Islamic issues will be also allowed to continue with their religious teachings, as these will not be listed as "public fatwas."
Article three stipulates that the licensed preachers will be the only ones allowed to issue fatwas via mass media outlets such as television and radio channels, while article four states that violators of this stipulation could face a six-month prison sentence and a fine between EGP 5,000 and EGP 10,000.
Hamroush, who is an MP from the Nile Delta governorate of Beheira, told Al-Ahram Online that the his draft law is part of ongoing efforts to reform religious discourse in the country.
"The draft law aims to tighten the grip on all forms of radical Islamist agendas, particularly in the form of fatwas," said Hamroush.
"After the Muslim Brotherhood regime was removed from office in 2013 and their radical and political Islamist television channels were closed, Salafist clerics affiliated with the Salafist Nour Party sought to impose their radical agenda."
Hamroush said radical Salafist clerics are mainly responsible for the proliferation of bizarre and controversial fatwas over the past four years.
"Take for example the fatwas they have issued against Egyptian Christian Copts, such as banning Muslims from shaking hands with Copts or exchanging congratulations with them on Christian feasts," said Hamroush.
"Aren't these radical fatwas responsible for paving the way for militant jihadists to bomb churches, issue threats against Coptic families in North Sinai, and sow the seeds of sectarian tension in Egypt?"
Hamroush explained that in accordance with his newly drafted law, religious clerics who seek to issue religious fatwas on mass media channels will be obliged to get a prior license from the above-mentioned institutions.
"This will help Al-Azhar – the world's foremost authority on Sunni Islam – stem the tide of radical Islamist agendas and fatwas, and take a step towards reforming religious discourse," said Hamroush.
Fouad Badrawi, a liberal MP who is a member of the religious affairs committee, told Al-Ahram Online that "Hamroush's law is a very important step in ridding Egypt of radical Islam and political Islamist agendas."
"This draft law is very important to prevent all agendas that mix religion with politics from gaining any more ground," said Badrawi, adding that "all institutions affiliated with Al-Azhar should join forces to ensure that this law is strictly implemented."
Osama El-Abd, chairman of the religious affairs committee and a former head of Al-Azhar University, told reporters on 4 May that MPs and Al-Azhar clerics have approved Hamroush's draft law after they agreed that it does not impose a total ban on clerics issuing religious fatwas.
"It just stipulates that religious clerics must first get a license from Al-Azhar and other affiliated religious institutions in order to be allowed to issue fatwas," said El-Abd, adding that "the draft law will have to be approved by parliament in a plenary session."
Religious endowments minister Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa told MPs last week that only Azhar-affiliated clerics will be allowed to deliver "night sermons" during the holy month of Ramadan, which is expected to start on 27 May.
Gomaa said in a letter to parliament's religious affairs committee that "night prayers and sermons in all of Egypt's mosques during the coming Ramadan will be performed under the tight supervision of Azhar imams and clerics who are licensed by the endowments ministry."


Clic here to read the story from its source.