The protesters gathered in front of the offices of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces on Sunday, saying they have been dictated by the ruling junta about what to preach during Friday Prayers’ sermons.
The demonstrators also said they would submit a list of demands to the military council, stating that the popular revolution must give them the power to speak freely.
The regime of ousted President Hosni Mubarak used to dictate Friday Prayers’ sermons as well. It used mosques to dissuade citizens from taking part in anti-government protests.
Indignation has been mounting at the army since it took power after eighteen days of pro-democracy demonstrations led to the overthrow of Mubarak’s three-decade despotic rule on February 11.
Egyptians, fearing their revolution will be hijacked by those who have served Mubarak’s regime, have been constantly demanding that the military hand over power to a civilian government elected by the people.
In response to people’s growing protests, the army was forced to form a new constitution to reform some of the basic rules that have been in place for thirty years.
The ruling military council is reportedly going to call for a referendum on constitutional changes by the end of March.
Grand Imam Ahmed el-Tayeb said that Article II of the Egyptian Constitution should not be changed, a Press TV correspondent in Cairo reported on Wednesday.
“Islam is the Religion of the State. Arabic is its official language, and the principal source of legislation is Islamic Jurisprudence (Sharia),” Article II of the Egyptian Constitution reads.
The grand Imam noted that a change to the Article would result in sectarian tension in the Egyptian society, and come in the way of freedom and democracy in the North African country.
Egypt has recognized Islam as the state religion since 1980,
Conditions have not completely returned to normalcy in the country. Some public sector laborers are still on strike for poor working conditions and low salaries.
Since the initial victory of the popular Egyptian revolution last week, protesters have been demanding that the military hand over power to a civilian government.
Activists have demanded the release of political prisoners, the lifting of a 30-year-old state of emergency and the disbanding of the military court in troubled Egypt.