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Den midlertidige presidenten i Egypt, Abdel al-Mansour, utstedte lørdag et dekret hvor det heter at kun autoriserte imamer får preke i moskeene. 14.000 har mistet autorisasjonen, mens 17.000 har beholdt den.

Myndighetene vil ha slutt på at moskeene blir brukt til å hisse opp folk mot myndighetene. Salafistene i Nour-partiet støtter loven.

Brorskapet er forbudt og lederne er enten i fengsel eller lever i skjul. Myndighetene vil forhindre at de kan benytte moskeene som propagandasentraler.

Myndighetene i Egypt tar dermed skritt som europeiske styresmakter ikke tør. Frankrike har utvist noen imamer, men stort sett blander myndighetene seg ikke inn i hva som foregår i moskeene. I flere moskeer, f.eks. i Danmark, har moskeer vært sentrum i jihadist-turisme til Syria. Myndighetene lar m.a.o moskeene bli en sikkerhetsrisiko.

Det har ikke Egypt råd til. Når vil eksempler fra undertrykkelse av politisert islam bli kopiert i Europa? Eller vil Europa bli et senter for politisert islam som truer ikke bare Europa, men land i Midtøsten og Maghreb?

Under Nasser og tilsvarende sterke ledere i andre land fikk moskeene beskjed om å være lojale mot staten og ikke blande seg i politikk. Det kan være det er en slik systemlojal variant av islam vi er på vei tilbake til. Den politiserte versjonen truer samfunnet.

Egypt has banned unauthorised preachers from giving sermons or teaching Islam in mosques and other public places, according to a decree on Saturday marking a further step in official efforts to curb Islamist influence.
The decree issued by interim President Adly Mansour’s office also threatened fines and jail for freelance imams, especially if they wore clerical garments associated with the respected Al-Azhar centre of Sunni learning in Cairo.
Selected employees of the religious endowments ministry will be empowered by the justice ministry to arrest anyone caught violating the decree, it added.
“No preacher will mount a minbar next Friday without a permit,” the ministry said on its Facebook page, referring to the traditional raised pulpit in a mosque. The decision was taken to “preserve national security,” it said. The military-backed government sees mosques as recruiting grounds for Islamist parties and has moved to bring them under tighter control since the army toppled President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood last July.

According to the decree, “only designated specialists at the Ministry of Religious Endowments and authorised preachers from al-Azhar shall be permitted to practice public preaching and religious lessons in mosques or similar public places.” Only al-Azhar officials and graduates as well preachers from the ministry or the grand mufti’s office will be allowed to wear the trademark “turban” – a red hat with a white cloth band – and robes that designate an al-Azhar cleric, it said.
Unauthorised preachers face fines jail terms up to a year and fines up to 50,000 Egyptian pounds ($7,000). Wearing or denigrating al-Azhar garments in any way will carry similar penalties, it added.
Galal Mora, secretary-general of the Nour Party, an Islamist group that backed the army’s removal of Morsi, told Reuters the group approved of the law and urged respect for it. (reuters)

 

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/foreign/08-Jun-2014/unlicensed-preachers-banned-in-egypt