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Egyptian government introduces unified Friday prayer guidelines

In an effort to root out Muslim Brotherhood influence from Egypt’s 150,000 mosques, the Egyptian Ministry of Religious Endowments is imposing a unified Friday sermon for mosques throughout Egypt.
People listen to a speech by Egyptian Cleric Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, chairman of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, during Friday prayers before a protest against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad at Al Azhar mosque in old Cairo December 28, 2012. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh  (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST RELIGION) - RTR3BY3B
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The Egyptian authorities and the Muslim Brotherhood are parties to the ongoing conflict on many tracks — in the streets, in universities, in the courts, in some state agencies — and now the conflict has moved to houses of worship.

The country’s mosques are the scene of one of the episodes of the conflict between the Ministry of Religious Endowments, which represents the state, and some clerics who represent the Muslim Brotherhood’s position of opposing “the coup and defending legitimacy.”

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