Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Saturday has chosen to demolish the mosque of Sufi Imam Abu al-Ikhlas al-Zarqani, located on Mahmoudiyah Road in Alexandria’s Gheit al-Anab area, in order to complete the Mahmoudiyah corridor project.
During the inauguration of several greenhouses during the second phase of the Mohamed Naguib’s protected agriculture base project, Sisi explained that the mosque has impeded construction for the Mahmoudiyah corridor and bridge development project in Alexandria.
Sisi said that “Prophet Mohammed would not accept the suspension of the project just because people see the demolition of the mosque as unacceptable.”
The deputy of the Sufi movement’s Chiefdom in Alexandria accepted Sisi’s decision to demolish the mosque, adding that the chiefdom was waiting for further details. The Sufi movements had formerly rejected the demolition and formed an operations room to follow its developments and agree upon potentially transferring the mosque.
The Engineering Division of the Northern Zone demolished 14 mosques on the Mahmoudiyah road to construct Mahmoudiyah Corridor project, alongside constructing larger mosques that would accommodate worshippers without impeding traffic movement.
Sisi inaugurated 1,300 greenhouses on an area of 10,000 feddans as part of the second phase of Mohamed Naguib’s protected agriculture base.
Production for the project is equivalent to about one million feddans of traditional agriculture.