Saturday, August 07, 2004

Yemen criticizes extremism in mosques - (United Press International)

Yemen criticizes extremism in mosques - (United Press International): "Yemen criticizes extremism in mosques

Sanaa, Yemen, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Yemeni Prime Minister Abdul Qader Bajmal Saturday urged Muslim clerics to avoid extremist sermons in the country's mosques.

He said resorting to extremist sermons could "have negative effects on the minds of the youth, who are the responsibility of all, starting with the religious guides."

The Yemeni prime minister was addressing more than 300 clerics and mosque speakers gathered for a workshop entitled "Towards an ideal method for religious and guidance speech."

Bajmal insisted young people "should hear moderate speech that would develop within them the proper Islamic behavior, away from extremism that has nothing to do with Islam."

The official's comment comes amid a power struggle between the government and the opposition Islamic Reform Party over control of the mosques. The government manages 27,000 of the 100,000 mosques in Yemen."

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