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Using mosques as platforms for politics not acceptable, authorities suspends five preachers for not following the law, Kuwait

Authorities in Kuwait had made it clear for all not to use Mosques as platforms for discussing politics or engaging in any other matters. Recently preachers had started varied discussions related with other Arab countries relatively with Egypt and Syria, different opinions different representations of Ideology. Regarding it completely inappropriate, authorities in Kuwait had requested all Imams and preachers not to carry out any such political discussions based on political background inside a mosque, as mosques are a place only for worship and only for religious devotion. Based on this request five preachers failed to comply with it and hence had to face suspension.
‘The preachers did not comply with the directives from the ministry to avoid references to the political situation in some of the Arab countries. Using the mosque platforms to engage in political issues and to answer the other preachers is a deviation from the charter of the mosques. We have over 700 preachers in our country and they all cooperate with us and appreciate the special situation and the conditions of our country. Those who refuse to commit themselves to our directives do not represent us’ as been stated by Adel Al Faleh, the Ministry undersecretary.
Similar like Kuwait even Saudi Arabia had suspended many preachers who had ignored their directives and brought political issues in mosques, especially in their Friday sermons. . Kiran Kidwai – International Desk, NMTV


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