Egypt’s Ministry of Religious Endowments says it plans to get rid of books that incite notions of “extremism” from mosque libraries, as an implicit reference to the Muslim Brotherhood group, which was banned in late 2013.
Gaber Tayee, undersecretary of the ministry, said that instructions were given to check all books found in mosque libraries to make sure their contents “fit with Islam’s tolerance” and added that any book “authored by a Salafist or a member of the Muslim Brotherhood or Gama’a Islamiyya will be removed.”
Books written by former Brotherhood leader and one of many pioneers of the movement, Sayed Qotb, along with prominent scholar Yusuf al Qaradawi were some of the targeted works.
Shortly after the overthrow of former president Mohamed Morsi, who served as the fifth president of the country, and first publicly elected head of state, the Muslim Brotherhood was designated as a “terrorist organisation” by the Egyptian government, in late 2013.
He was elected as president representing the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) which was founded by the Muslim Brotherhood following the 2011 Egyptian revolution.
Morsi also happened to be one of the leading members of the Muslim Brotherhood.
The military, with Abdel Fattah el Sisi in charge, had intervened and followed with a coup following protests against Morsi’s administration.
Current President and coup leader Sisi, has vowed to wipe out the Muslim Brotherhood movement.
His vow was followed by crackdowns that have generally targeted Morsi supporters, resulting in many deaths and the imprisonment of thousands.
The UN warned that Egypt had "a judicial system where international fair trial guarantees appear to be increasingly trampled upon" following the death sentence of more than 1,200 people in two mass trials, in 2014.
The Brotherhood does not accept claims that it is a terrorist organisation, and says it is committed to peaceful activism.