Religious Endowments in Assiut denies presence of Imam in Sodfa preaching Shia Islam

Religious endowments in Assiut denies presence of Imam in Sodfa preaching Shia Islam

29/5/2013

Sheikh Ahmed Shehata, head of the Religious Endowments Authority in Sodfa, Assiut denied reports carried by some satellite channels and news websites that an Endowments imam is spreading Amidi Shia Islam in one of Sodfa’s biggest mosques.

“This has no basis in fact and is completely untrue. The matter is no more than bitter rancour and animosity between Sufi sects in competition for leadership of Sufi sects,” Shehata said.

He added, “there is no such thing as Amidi Shia Islam amongst the various Shia sects. The intention was to spread confusion about the mosque’s imam for purposes of this animosity and which are unconnected with the Endowments.”

“This Imam that they are talking about is one of the most disciplined in his sermons: the sermon from last Friday that they are talking about dealt with the extent of the danger posed to Islam and Egypt by the spread of Shia Islam,” Shehata added.

The Endowments head stressed that Sufis must distance their mosques and imams from disputes because we are fully aware of what goes in mosques and we are Sunnis and could never allow anyone to preach anything but Sunni Islam.

This was originally published in Arabic on Ikhwanonline.

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