Ministry of Islamic Affairs Considers Mosque Hotline for ‘errors’ in Sermons

July 10, 2009

The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance is considering establishing a hotline for worshippers to report “mistakes on the part of the preacher” during sermons, Saudi Gazette reported today.

Dr. Tawfiq bin Abdulaziz Al-Sudairi, Undersecretary of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance for Mosque Affairs, Call and Guidance, said the hotline will be set up “should the need arise”, and would serve to compliment the current system by which the ministry currently receives “any observations directly from worshippers via telephone or fax,” the daily reported.

Dr. Al-Sudairi added that “errors” in sermons had not reached serious levels following the establishment of the Mosque Care Program to review procedures, and that the majority of khateeb (preachers) are adhering to the Sunna in Friday sermons and are committed to the ministry’s guidelines.

The Mosque Care Program, Dr. Al-Sudairi said, has “been a great success in improving sermons and putting right certain aspects which have been noted, and the program is continuing in its work and will not stop.”