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Sermons must not cause civil strife: Islamic minister

Shaina Abdulla
08 July 2018, MVT 23:38
Islamic Minister Dr Ahmed Ziyad Baqir speaking during the Fatwa Majlis
Shaina Abdulla
08 July 2018, MVT 23:38

Minister of Islamic Affairs Dr. Ahmed Ziyad Baghir has stated that Islamic sermons must not cause civil strife.

Speaking during the “Fatwa” conference at the Islamic Centre on Sunday, the minister stated that the establishment of a national religious advisory body by the current administration shows the state’s devotion to Islam.

The conference was graced by Mufti Dr. Shaugee Allaam of Egypt, Mufti Dr. Mohammad Ahmed Al Khalayleh of Jordan, and Chairman of Islamic Fiqh Academy at Sudan Abdul-Rahim Ali.

Islamic minister highlighted the importance of ensuring sermons discouraged civil strife, noting that sermons must provide protection and preach for peace in the community.

Dr Ziyadh further commented on the progress made by the Fatwa majlis in its short lived period. The minister also expressed gratitude towards Egypt and Jordan for their co-operation and guidance through the Fatwa conference.

The Fatwa Majlis was established after dissolving the Islamic jurisprudence academy after an amendment was ratified to the Law on the Protection of the Religious Unity in 2016.

The members of the Fatwa Majlis were hand-picked by President Yameen Abdul Gayoom after taking suggestions from the Islamic minister, Chief Justice, Maldives National University and Islamic University of Maldives into careful consideration.

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