The Ministry of Endowments stressed on Saturday night that mosques should not be part of the ongoing political stand-off.
The ministry released a statement saying that mosques “are the houses of God” which citizens go to for peace and spiritual clarity. “This cannot be ruined for the citizens and they cannot be terrorised and have their security threatened in the company of God,” the ministry said.
Friday witnessed violent clashes between pro and anti-Muslim Brotherhood protesters outside the Brotherhood’s main headquarters in Moqattam. Protesters from the Brotherhood hid inside a mosque. In response, the anti-Brotherhood protesters surrounded the mosque and waited outside for some hours, but made no attempt to break into the mosque.
Central Security Forces eventually freed the besieged protesters. The Friday clashes have left at least 200 injured.
Salama Abdel-Qawy, the ministry spokesperson, said it is inappropriate to involve mosques in political conflicts or acts of violence.
The ministry called on all political currents and parties to stay away from mosques and preserve their sanctity.
The ministry added that it rejects any assault on a place of worship, whether it is a mosque or church.