Egyptian Salafist preacher: Close shops early, sleep early, pray early

News article, posted 11.11.2012, from Egypt, in:
Egyptian Salafist preacher: Close shops early, sleep early, pray early (Photo: Al-Ahram)

A controversial government decision to close shops early has stirred a heated debate over whether it would be efficient to save energy. A hardline Islamist preacher had a totally new perspective.

"The decision is correct and coincides with Islamic Sharia law, as it will make people sleep earlier and therefore they will be able to wake up early to pray at dawn," preacher Ahmed El-Mahalawy, who was banned from giving sermons under former Egyptian presidents Anwar El-Sadat and Hosni Mubarak, said in Alexandria.

El-Mahalawy was given the weekly Friday sermon in the famous Al-Qaed Ibrahim mosque, which was the hub of the Alexandria protests against Mubarak during last year’s popular 18-day uprising.

He was only allowed to resume his preaching activities after Mubarak was driven from office. He is now a staunch supporter of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, who hails from the Muslim Brotherhood.

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