Saudi Arabia writes encyclopedia of Friday sermons

Four volumes are intended to prevent Imams from using the weekly ritual to voice personal, political opinions
Saudi Arabia writes encyclopedia of Friday sermons
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By Courtney Trenwith
Thu 14 Aug 2014 02:02 PM

Saudi Arabia has produced a four-volume encyclopedia of Friday sermons in a bid to reduce Imams from using the Islamic ritual to spread personal or political views, Saudi Gazette has reported.

Under-secretary for the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance Abdulmohsen Bin Abdulaziz Al Asheikh said the encyclopedias were to guide Imams on how to explain topics such as monotheism, national security, unity of the nation, rules of worship, rights of neighbours, good behaviour, drugs, smoking, corruption, theft and driving.

The material, compiled by various religious specialists, would be distributed to mosques.

"The Friday sermon is not an occasion for voicing personal opinions,” Al Asheikh said.

“It is rather a tool to admonish worshippers to fear God in their day-to-day life.

"The ministry is keen to direct the imams to give more attention to the theme of their sermon, which should be of religious and social nature.”

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