World Bulletin / News Desk
An Egyptian court on Monday banned the Muslim Brotherhood from carrying out any activities in the country and ordered the seizure of the group's funds, widening a campaign to debilitate the movement of deposed President Mohamed Morsi.
"The court bans the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood organisation and its non-governmental organisation and all the activities that it participates in and any organisation derived from it," said the presiding judge Mohammed al-Sayed.
The court ordered the government to seize the Brotherhood's funds and administer its frozen assets.
The army-backed government is waging the toughest crackdown in decades on the group, which says it has a million members. Security forces killed hundreds of its supporters and rounded up thousands more since Morsi was deposed by the army on July 3 after mass protests against his rule.
The Brotherhood won parliamentary and presidential elections after veteran autocrat Hosni Mubarak was overthrown in 2011.
Hasan al-Banna formed Muslim Brotherhood in 1928, as a response and a protest to the declining state of Islam. He argued that the decline of Islam was due to the ineffective teachings of the scholars and their failure to preserve Islam in its purest state. The organization was formed with six other people. Banna started the organization as a youth club by preaching at coffee house.
Brotherhood gained much popularity in 1930s and extended its activities around Egypt. He established branches all over Egypt and formed the headquarters in Cairo. By 1936 the Ikhwan had around 800 members, and by 1938 it had over 200,000 members with 50 branches in Egypt.Last Mod: 23 Eylül 2013, 15:34