Egypt Clamps Down On Ramadhan Ritual*
A Muslim reads the Qur’an during the holy month of Ramadhan inside Al-Refaie mosque in the old Islamic area of Cairo, Egypt, June 28, 2015. (photo by REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany)
A popular religious ritual is receiving extra scrutiny from officials in Egypt this Ramadhan
The practice of itikaf, a period of retreat in a mosque where Muslims can distance themselves from worldly affairs and concentrate on religious activities, is most commonly observed during the last 10 days of Ramadhan, in keeping with the example set by the Prophet Muhammad.
While many Muslims have come to anticipate the holy month as an opportunity to perform this duty, this year, some of those desiring to participate in these retreats might not get their wish. For the first time ever in Egypt, many new conditions on such activities have been imposed by the Egyptian Ministry of Awqaf in response to the current…
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