the Ministry of Awqaf. file photo
CAIRO – 23 September 2017: The religious sector in the Ministry of Awqaf warned that absentee funeral prayers should not be performed or allowed to be held without permission or prior generalization by the head of the religious sector in the ministry's office, and whoever violates that will expose himself to legal accountability.
This decision came after former guide of the banned Muslim Brotherhood Mahdi Akef passed away on Friday at Al Qasr Al Ainy Hospital after a long struggle with disease.
For his part, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmed al-Tayyeb on Saturday mourned Akef on his Twitter.
The 89-year-old Akef was sentenced to 25 years in prison over charges of murder and attempted murder during clashes that took place outside the Brotherhood headquarters in the Mokattam district of Cairo before the June 30 Revolution in 2013.
Egypt’s Ministry of Interior said in a statement on Friday evening that Akef, who was transported to the hospital from prison, died of “acute circulatory failure.”
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