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Jeddah, Asharq Al-Awsat- The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Da’wah and Guidance in Saudi Arabia is currently studying the appointment of female preachers of Islam. Sheikh Saleh Al Sheikh, the Minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Da’wah and Guidance, stated that Islamic Da’wah (preaching) of females is synonymous to that of men and that “the ministry has been keen to organize the effort that has been made for many years now by officially appointing a number of female preachers.” He added that the ministry has not yet concluded studies concerning female preaching of Islam.

Al Sheikh added, “We have begun to organize female preaching through various associations and centers more so than through mosques. These have been the steps followed by the Ministry for many years now, as the matter of female preaching is not a new experience but has been carried out for a number of years.” Furthermore, the Minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Da’wah and Guidance added there would be an increase in rewards for those who report unidentified donations from 5% to 10% of the value.

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