Test conducted for prayer leaders in Mazar-i-Sharif
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The Hajj and Religious Affairs Department conducted a recruitment test involving 200 prayer leaders to counter anti-government propaganda in Mazar-I-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province, an official said Sunday.
Hajj and Religious Affairs Director Maulvi Mahmood Danishjo told Pajhwok Afghan News the examfor prayer leaders was part of a reforms programme of the ministry concerned, beginning from Balkh province.
He said 200 prospective imams appeared in the test in Mazar-i-Sharif today. Twenty-five of them would be appointed as mosqueleaders in the capital of the province, the official added.
Danishjo explained the aim of the exam was to counter anti-government propagandaemanating from mosques. Such speculation was not rampant in Balkh, but the exam would help appoint qualified prayer leaders.
Maulvi Amanullah, who appeared in the exam, hoped the ministry’sinitiative would help evolve an effective framework for the employments of prayer leaders.
Prayer leaders played a special role in guiding people tothe right path and resolvingsocial problems, he believed, supporting the government based on Islamic teachings.
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