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Cleric influenced death’s driver,198 Expatriate preachers sacked
July 9, 2015, 9:10 am

Abdulrahman Eidan Saud, who drove the suicide bomber Fahd Al-Qaba’a to Imam Al- Sadiq Mosque told interrogators that he was influenced by an Afghan who preaches in a mosque in Jahra, reports Al-Rai daily.

However, the preacher, whose identity has not been disclosed and who lives with his wife and sons, denied the allegations. He said he was always opposed to the ISIL or the so called DAESH ideology and has even written a book about obedience to the ruler.

A total of 198 expatriate preachers of Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs were dismissed recently, as they were being paid remuneration while many of them did not possess an academic degree and some among them reportedly followed extremist ideologies, reports Al-Qabas daily quoting an informed source from the ministry.

He revealed that Minister of Justice and Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Yaqoub Al- Sane’ decided to terminate the services of all expatriate preachers hired by the ministry after discovering that seven of those preachers were wanted by security authorities.

Meanwhile, Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs has approved the conditions and regulations allotted for ‘Mutakifeen’, which is the term referred for individuals who spend the last ten days of the Holy Month of Ramadan inside mosques to worship.

According to a circular issued by the ministry, the mosque’s Imam will be responsible for the Mutakifeen. A ‘Mutakif’ must be above 18 years of age and those below the age of 18 must obtain their guardians’ consent for the ‘Itikaf’ (seclusion for worship inside a mosque). A Mutakif must provide the Imam of the mosque with his name, contact number and where he wants to do Itikaf.

The circular stressed the need to adhere to the Sharia rules and general manners and to maintain order without causing inconvenience to other worshippers at the mosques especially those who offer regular prayers.

It instructed for the allocation of a place outside the mosque premises for Itikaf so that the participants do not cause any inconvenience to others who visit the mosque.

Source: Arab Times

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