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Egypt Ministry of Religious Endowments places all Islamic centres under its authority

The move comes as part of a series of measures by the state to control unofficial religious in order to stop spread of radical and extremist ideas

Ahram Online , Saturday 21 Mar 2015
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Minister of religious endowments Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa (Photo: Ahram)
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Egypt’s ministry of religious endowments (Awqaf), one of the country’s top state religious bodies, has decided to place all Islamic cultural institutes and preacher training centres under its direct supervision starting next academic year.

In a statement on Friday, Awqaf said it will not allow educational centres, which have been operated by independent religious associations, to be used “as a backdoor for [teaching] extremism or terrorism.”

The move comes in a series of measures taken by the ministry and the country’s leading Sunni Islamic institute, Al-Azhar, to curb "the spread of extremist ideas."

The latest decision mandates that only syllabi designed by the ministry used in classes since "text books representing certain affiliations feed radicalism and are tearing apart the societal fabric.”

Heads of the ministry directorates in different cities would have to monitor these education centres, the ministry said, and to submit reports on currently used text books and teachers within a month.

Starting next academic year, only those individuals certified by the ministry would be permitted to head the operations of those centres or teach there.

“There would be no exception to this rule,” the ministry said, warning that any cultural or educational institute uncertified by the ministry or Al-Azhar would be deemed illegal.

The ministry added it will increase the number of its own training facilities “to accommodate those wishing to learn the correct Islamic knowledge.”

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has recently called on Al-Azhar to renew its religious discourse in order to guide Muslims to a correct understanding of Islam.

Since the ouster of  Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013, authorities have maintained that many unofficial religious centres and small mosques have been used for decades by the Muslim Brotherhood and other radical Islamist groups against the country's national interest and security.

Last year, Al-Awqaf mandated all preachers to acquire a permit before administering sermons on the pulpit, banning all unlicensed preachers. The ministry also prohibited Friday prayers at small less-regulated mosques known as Zawaya.

According to a law signed by former interim-President Adly Mansour following Morsi's ouster, unauthorised preachers could face jail terms of up to a year and maximum fines of LE 50,000 ($7,000).

Since the ministry started to tighten its grip over the mosques and Zawaya, some groups turned to the educational venues as a substitute to spread their ideas, the ministry said.

The danger which rises from some of these [unregulated] institutes equals that which emanates from arbitrary Zawaya, the ministry explained.

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Neo
25-03-2015 04:11am
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Damned if we do and damned if we don’t
No matter what happens in the ME, it is always the US fault! It is the US fault when they supported the Egyptian PEOPLE to call for the resignation of the Corrupt Mubarak. It is the US fault when they supported the Libyan PEOPLE with anti-fly zone when the Criminal Khadafy massacred them. It is the US fault not to interfere in Iran’s elections. It is the US fault not invading Assad Syria. It is the US fault they tried to end Iraq war!! It also the US fault that half the Muslims hate the other half for hundreds of years before the US existed. One can understand when the illiterate Arab man on the street makes these claims; brainwashed by Friday Imams. What one can’t understand is how the presumably educated Arabs pass the same blame!! Israel a side, a real mistake the US made in the ME was the invasion of Iraq; and for those with amnesia, it was Dubya not Obama!
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Key
24-03-2015 09:37pm
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Terrorism is a World Issue
Whenever terrorism is mentioned, we cannot avoid talking about Obama’s administration, because like it or not if you get all the pieces of the puzzle together, there is a link between Obama’s administration's foreign policy in the middle east and terrorism. A small example of many is that ISIS attacks and killings in Iraq increased strongly after US air attacks began. Now we hear people commenting that it is an ME issue only yet play the blind eye that their own Western governments is in knee deep fully supporting those terrorists.
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Terrence
22-03-2015 09:28am
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the next step
The next should be to make it mandatory to start with praying for the health of the military tyrant at every Friday sermon. They should be encouraged to invite as speakers Mubarak era cronies like the corporate fraudster Sawiris and those comical judges who are in their cushy positions since the time of Mubarak.
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expat
21-03-2015 10:08pm
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the third real strategic move would be...
to erase salafeen(saudhi arabia) plus mb(khatar) influenced mosques and imams and to put them both to jail for spreading hate and voilence because both sides of the coin are poison poison to the brain of the youth,poison to society and poison,most of all,to your own future if you think,only the MB are bad,be aware,all the terrorists got backup from saudhi arabia since the 70ths best to be outside of this whole center of hate
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expat
21-03-2015 05:54pm
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the first intelligent move...
and the second should be to regulate the central message of every friday prayer in every mosque country wide the nest of extremism, like it or not,is not a "forreign hand", its within your own society
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Key
23-03-2015 09:18pm
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Unbelievable....now it's a "you people" problem?!
expat - what reason are you referring too here?? MB was formed in the 1920s by H. Al banna and fully funded monitarily and tactically by the US CIA back then.. nothing to do with KSA at that time. CIA funding Terrosists does not make it a "your country" problem but rather a "World" problem. Pointing fingers at one criminal and setting the other criminal free is not "reasonable" as you worded. Extremism can be contained if it is not getting the "HELPING" hand from the west. Egypt warned EU countries and US in particular to stop providing safe haven to terrorists who escaped from Egypt after committing horrible crimes against civilians and they were given visas permits to enjoy human rights, democracy and liberty in these countries. And what was the result, now these terrorists after they became US or European citizens, they soon are turning their swords to people’s heads. Egypt is doing everything possible and it's doing this ALONE. Don't wash your hands from a crime "you people" were p
Neo
23-03-2015 06:11pm
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On this one he’s right
The Arab Islamic world is to blame for all religious backwardness. You can blame the West for wars, invasions, oil chasing … etc, but you cannot blame it for religious brainwash. The Arab Muslim world (not the Muslim world as a whole) is like a pressure pot filled with antiquated ideologies, what the West does occasionally is pierce a hole in it and let it explode. Let’s not blame the hole-piercing; blame the pressure-building!
expat
22-03-2015 08:45pm
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i talk..
as a person,who's country was not included in all this "new middle eastern" dream. But i talk reaosnable,as,sorry to state it,the muslim world is first to point the finger to forreigners to be responsible for their own hate and wars within themselfes. you would not agree on that? who financed the salafeen breed in egypt since the 80th? KSA, who financed the MB since decades ? Khatar....all this is not new to yourself,i assume...get rid of this foolish middle aged hate religion/religious interpretation or dont accuse any more forreignersfor your own shortcomings in sorting out YOUR countries problems
Key
22-03-2015 04:54am
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Typical western statement however it's a collective responsibility
Although I do agree that the responsibility is on our religious authorities it is also as equally responsible for the West to clean up their act and fix what they've unleashed in the ME. Let's not forget that every country US/NATO invaded, for example, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, etc.. have created nothing but a breeding ground for irreversible sectarian conflicts by way of importing terrorism into these countries and fully supporting them. You now expect just the Egyptian religious authority to clean this up and US/NATO/EU to wash their hands from this?? They are equally responsible to eradicate this cancer. Every country Obama says it's on the right path for democracy, is now controlled by terrorists and ruled under "sharia law". Understand that US/NATO are participating in spreading terrorism not fighting terrorism. Egypt is fighting its own war against terrorism ALONE because the hypcritical double standard western world doesn't call a spade a spade, unless they have some kind of int
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Aladdin, ALex
21-03-2015 05:48pm
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Allah AKber
It is great act to protect Islam from its hijackers and the Mofsideen fi EL-Erd. The spread of religious terrorism is because people have wrong Ideas about Islam.
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