Prominent Islamic scholar Yusuf al-Qaradawi will deliver the sermon at Al-Azhar Mosque’s Friday prayers this week, Endowments Ministry spokesperson Salama Abdel Qawy said Monday.
Abdel Qawy said at a press conference that Qaradawi’s sermon would be a “historic event.” The sermon will be Qaradawi’s first at the historic mosque.
His last public speech in Egypt was in Tahrir Square during a victory demonstration on 17 February 2011, a week after protests forced former President Hosni Mubarak to step down.
Qaradawi, who is based in Qatar, is a Sunni Muslim figure well-known throughout the Arab world from his continual appearances on Al Jazeera. A former Muslim Brotherhood member, Qaradawi still maintains close ties to the group.