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On July 17th, Muslim clerics set up an Islamic advice kiosk in Cairo’s metro station. The Egyptian government and Al-Azhar university, the most prominent Sunni religious institution collaborated together to set up the booth to issue “fatwas,” official rulings doled out by imams on questions related to Islam. According to President Adel Fattah al-Sisi, this was an attempt to root out extremist theology. However, Coptic Christians believe is an attempt to control religion and is discriminatory because they are not allowed to spread their Christian teachings in public places.

08/02/2017 Egypt (The Daily Caller) – Muslim clerics set up an Islamic advice kiosk in Cairo’s metro July 17 ostensibly to combat extremism, but Coptic Christians say it is a government attempt to Islamize Egypt.

Al-Azhar university, the most prominent Sunni religious institution, set up the booth in a Cairo subway station to issue fatwas to muslims on the go, according to an Associated Press report. Fatwas are official rulings doled out by imams on questions related to Islam. The booth was seen as part of Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s attempt to root out extremist theology from Egyptian Islam according to Al-Monitor. Coptic Christians, who are not allowedto spread Christian teachings in public places, said the booth is discriminatory.

The Sunni university works with the Egyptian government in their efforts to control religion in Egypt and also trains government approved imams. The university said they plan to install more booths in other metro stations, but Coptic Christians claimed the booths are simply a front to spread Islamic ideology.

“This is not its place at all,” Coptic Christian Beshoy Mikhail told the AP. “I am completely against the idea.”

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