Saudi sacks preachers for raising political issues in sermons
Dubai (dpa - 17 April) - Saudi Arabia has sacked preachers for conveying political or news reports in their sermons, a Saudi newspaper reported Thursday.
``It is inappropriate for preachers to convey to the faithful political or news reports in their sermons, as the preacher should be neither a broadcaster nor a journalist,'' said Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs Sheikh Saleh Al Sheikh quoted by Arab News.
``The duties of the preachers have always been know. However, during their sermons, they sometimes react to the difficult situation Moslems have lately been facing, and then they make pronouncements that are not fully compatible with the Islamic law,'' added Al Sheikh.
The decision to fire the preachers was taken at a meeting chaired by the minister and attended by the heads of the central committees responsible for implementing programme for mosques and their staff.
Saudi Arabia, a U.S. ally, is very sensitive to criticism against Washington from the pulpits in the mosques.
Many preachers have criticized Washington for the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and its support for Israel.