CAIRO: The Egyptian Ministry of Endowments has decided to prevent the entry of books on extremism and the Muslim Brotherhood to all mosques in Egypt and to remove those already there within the coming 15 days.
Mohammed Mokhtar Gomaa, minister of endowments, said that committees will be formed to re-examine mosque libraries and the books, magazines and publications in them and remove any publications that adopt extremist ideology or belong to any extremist group.
In an urgent statement, the minister directed the punishment of any official neglecting these orders.
There was also an urgent warning that all imams take a pledge to not allow any books to be included in mosque libraries without permission from the General Administration of Religious Guidance in the Ministry’s general office.
The minister also directed the removal of any violating posters inside or outside the mosque.
Hisham Abdel Aziz, who is in charge of running the work of the head of the religious sector at the Ministry of Endowments, issued a poster alerting all directorates to quickly form committees to re-examine any libraries, books, magazines or publications in mosques, and purify them of any publications that adopt an extremist ideology or belong to any extremist group or the Brotherhood.
Those negligent will be referred for investigation, he said.
The ministry called on imams to complete these tasks no later than 15 days from the date of this decision.
Violating of these directives was a severe negligence and a breach of duty that deserved disciplinary accountability, the ministry warned.