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Egyptian Female Preachers Confront Extremist Thought

Egyptian Female Preachers Confront Extremist Thought

Saturday, 26 May, 2018 - 10:30
Man reads the Koran, at Al Azhar mosque in old Cairo
Cairo - Waleed Abdul Rahman
Female Egyptian preachers are countering extremist ideologies by holding meetings and seminars at mosques and gathering places.

Observers believe that their preaching helps fight extremism advocated by terrorist groups on the social media, especially after Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has made a call to counter this phenomenon.

Sisi has wondered why religious sects don’t coexist.

The Egyptian Ministry of Endowments has placed 300 female preachers in huge mosques during the month of Ramadan to lecture women following prayers.

The ministry, which is responsible for mosques, decided for the first time in February 2017, to appoint 144 women as preachers to work in huge mosques.

Observers say that appointing female preachers falls within the framework of implementing Sisi’s call to correct wrong concepts, especially among women who are a target of extremist groups.

Egyptian Minister of Endowments Mohammed Mokhtar Jomaa affirmed that the participation of female preachers contributed to spreading the true concept of the religion and to raise awareness on community topics.

Subsequently, this would correct misconceptions and spread the culture of Islam as well as support coexistence.

Female preacher Nivine Mokhtar stated that Muslim women should be able to enhance the moral behavior of their children and to stop them from following extremist ideology.

Mokhtar added that women should teach their children that terrorism has no religion and no country.

She shed light on some of the current problems such as spreading false information and misconceptions on the internet. 

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