Egyptian President El-Sisi’s Closes 27,000 MOSQUES in an Effort to Fight Terrorism

Egyptian President El-Sisi’s Closes 27,000 MOSQUES in an Effort to Fight Terrorism

SHOCKING! Once again President El Sisi takes the lead in the war on terror.

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Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi told attendees at Davos that Islam was in need of a “religious revolution.”

The Egyptian Ministry of Religious Endowment shuttered 27,000 local mosques under the pretext of fighting terrorism.

Al-Monitor reported:

The Egyptian Ministry of Religious Endowment has shuttered 27,000 local places of worship under the pretext of fighting terrorism, while awarding 400 preaching permits to Salafists.

An Egyptian administrative court on Feb. 18 upheld the Ministry of Religious Endowments’ decision issued in September 2013 to close down neighborhood places of worship of less than 80 square meters (861 square feet), a move intended to protect young people from the militancy and extremism that can prevail in such places, which lack the legal standing to hold Friday prayers.

This move sets a precedent that raises many questions about the fate of mosques in many Egyptian villages, the grounds of which are usually less than 80 square meters. In reply, opponents of the decision such as the Salafist Nour Party claimed that closing down places of worship without providing a larger alternative serves to further bolster extremist ideology, considering that the larger existing mosques cannot accommodate Friday worshippers who line surrounding streets to pray. On the opposite end of the spectrum, supporters of the decision such as intellectuals and scholars say that those mosques are time bombs that threaten national security, as they fall outside the purview of the Ministry of Religious Endowments and are used to spread subversive ideologies.

President El Sisi needs all of the US support he can get. He is standing up and embodying the leadership that the region needs. We need to support him in this move to combat terrorism in Egypt because this could serve as a blue print going forward. They have taken the lead on many issues and have even labeled certain groups like Hamas as the terrorist groups they are. I wish that the US would do the same take the same lead.

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