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Egypt row over Facebook muezzin call

An Egyptian muezzin is facing disciplinary action for altering the words of the call to dawn prayer.
The country’s ministry of religious affairs is taking legal action against Mahmoud al-Moghazi, the cleric of the Nile Delta town of Kafr al-Dawar.
Instead of chanting “praying is better than sleeping”, the traditional call, he has been saying “praying is better than spending time on Facebook”.
Worshippers at the Sayed Ghazi mosque have lodged complaints against him.
He has been suspended pending an investigation.
“Because of his inventiveness we have stopped praying at his mosque,” a caller said on Sunday night during a TV chat show.
But in response, the cleric accused the caller of not frequenting the Sayed Ghazi mosque and of being a sympathiser of the banned Muslim Brotherhood.
On the programme, Mr Moghazi also threatened to go on a hunger strike in protest at his suspension and appealed for President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to exonerate him. The cleric said he had never used Facebook.
 

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