Islamists seize Protestant church, turn it into a mosque

Islamists seize Protestant church, turn it into a mosque

The Muslim Brotherhood have turned an evangelical Protestant church in Monshaat Baddini in the province of Samalout ( Minya, Upper Egypt) into a mosque. According to local sources, the Islamists have removed all sacred furnishings , paintings, icons and recited the special prayer to consecrate the building to Allah. On the wall of the church an inscription reads : “mosque of martyrs and there is no other God but Allah.”

Menassa Nesseim , the Pastor of the local Protestant community , tells Mcn-direct (an Egyptian Christian Press Agency) that ” since August 14 , the day of the Islamist assault against Christians , no one has been able to enter the building .” He denounces the inaction of the authorities who have accepted the fact with indifference: “Neither the police nor the armed forces have raided the church, to eject the squatters and return the building to the Protestant community”. Nesseim reports that the militants have placed their men to guard the complex. Christians are afraid to approach their church.

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