The House of the Egyptian Family, an ad hoc committee formed under the chairmanship of the Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar, Ahmed al-Tayyeb, has rejected the draft unified law on places of worship on the grounds that the religious rituals of Islam differ from those of Christianity.
The committee recommended that the government issue a law specifically on the building of churches, covering all Christian denominations, to run in parallel with the existing law on building mosques, which was issued in 2001.
“We recommend the re-opening of closed-down churches that have licenses,” said Mostafa al-Fiqqy, a member of the committee. “And unauthorized churches should be granted licenses once they meet the respective requirements.”
Fiqqy also said that all Christian denominations should take part in the preparation of the parallel law. He added that the Muslim and Christian members of the committee find no need to pass a law on building mosques, as there are no problems concerning the building of mosques under the existing law.
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