The Jordanian Minister of Awqaf, Muhammad Al-Khalayleh, responded to the Jordanians’ demands regarding his dismissal from his post, following a controversial Friday sermon in Jordan, which was devoted to talking about obedience to the ruler.
The Jordanian minister said that the unified sermon is being prepared by a committee of sheikhs and scholars and takes into account topics throughout the year, as well as taking into account multiple axes in Islamic law.
The Jordanian Minister of Awqaf accuses the majority of the Jordanian Prime Time Zone of being one of #dreams Because they refused the Friday sermon that His Excellency distributed to the imams of mosques, which urged the citizen to obey the king and not deviate from his command even if the king was a thief and corruption… pic.twitter.com/YaEsOCVN98
— Mohamed Btaibet Mohd Btaibet (@btaibet) July 4, 2021
Al-Khalayleh explained in radio statements that the subject of the Friday sermon is sometimes changed to coincide with the event we are experiencing, noting that the imam is obligated to address the sermon, while the scientific material is only suggested.
Regarding the uproar caused by the last Friday sermon, Al-Khalayleh indicated that some Prime Time Zone slandered the sermon by adding the phrase “and if your back is whipped and your money is taken,” which does not exist at all.
Muhammad Al-Khalayleh, Jordanian Minister of Awqaf
Al-Khalayleh stressed that the Friday sermon does not agree with the whims of all Prime Time Zone, and there are parties that have orientations, and that “there is an ISIS ideology” for those who criticized the sermon after saying that today’s rulers are not guardians.
Al-Khalayleh admitted that there are many unqualified preachers, although some of them hold Sharia degrees.
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The decision to obligate Friday preachers to the unified sermon, especially what happened during the Friday sermon, sparked a wide wave of controversy between supporters and opponents, as the issue took on a dimension related to fatwas and religious interpretations that negatively reflected on the objectives, purposes and intended of the sermon.
The sermon was widely attacked by activists and civilians through tweets and statements on the sermon of “Obedience to the Ruler” because it contained details and explicit written texts that required mosque preachers and preachers to speak.
While what provoked many citizens’ feelings in that sermon, which was considered inappropriate in the context of its content, is its reliance on a text in the Sharia that speaks of the obligatory obedience by the governed to the ruler with the phrase “even if he stole your money or flogged your back.”
The Friday sermon caused an uproar in Jordan
Regarding the incident, many activists demanded the dismissal of the Minister of Awqaf, expressing their dissatisfaction and anger.
And they emphasized that obedience to the ruler is obligatory upon the servants if things are straightened out.
The Ministry of Awqaf responds
On the other hand, the Ministry of Awqaf, Islamic Affairs and Holy Places expressed its regret for targeting the subject of the unified Friday sermon and what was circulated about the sermon’s inclusion of the hadith of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, “Stretch your back and take your money; I obeyed him….”
The ministry confirmed that the hadith referred to was not included in the unified sermon and was not among the honorable prophetic hadiths included in the sermon.
The statement pointed out that the ministry reserves its right to prosecute anyone who promoted this slander.
Earlier, calls were renewed in Jordan to dismiss the Minister of Endowments and senior officials of the ministry, after the Friday prayer sermon, yesterday, which was devoted to talking about “obedience to the ruler.”
Critics objected to a phrase that was considered inappropriate in the Friday sermon that the convict must obey the ruler even if he stole his money or flogged his back.
The clash was renewed on social media and through many statements, with a sharp and unprecedented attack on the unified “Obedience of the Ruler” sermon, which contained written texts that were echoed in a large number of the kingdom’s mosques.
The Ministry of Awqaf forces all preachers and imams to speak on the same subject in order to control the pace of religious discourse within the pulpits of mosques.
And the talk about obedience to the ruler was accompanied by a phrase that was considered inappropriate in that sermon and was based on a text in the Sharia that speaks of the obligatory obedience by the governed to the ruler with the phrase “even if your money is stolen or your back is flogging.”
This phrase provoked a large number of citizens and officials, as the activist Muhammad al-Khatib demanded the dismissal of the Minister of Awqaf – at the least modification – especially with a campaign of very wide criticism of the title of the unified sermon, how it was repeated and delivered, and the nature of the current conditions, even the media owner Malik Obeidat spoke about obedience to the guardian if things went right. .
The comment of the Secretary-General of the Islamic Moderation Forum, Marwan Al-Faouri, was politically brief, as he said, “Whoever wrote that sermon offended the ruler.”
The most prominent critic of that sermon was the prominent Islamic trade union activist, Engineer Maysara Malas, who demanded that those who planned this type of unified Friday sermon be punished on the grounds that they caused the mood of Friday worshipers to turn against the government and the state, meaning the opposite of the content and utterance of that sermon of preaching and religious guidance.
Malas’ point of view was about 15 minutes of religious discourse that ended with the establishment of a state of opposition to the state and the government that the partisan opposition may fail to produce for at least a year.
Those Friday sermons sparked a wave of controversy and negative comments in Jordan, especially as they were unprecedented and described their timing as “bad.”
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