Afghanistan: Govt employees must have knowledge of Islam

Story by  ATV | Posted by  Nakul Shivani | Date 10-09-2022
Members of the Taliban government
Members of the Taliban government



The Taliban's Finance Ministry in Afghanistan wants its employees to be more than number crunchers - it's requiring that everyone in its ranks must pass a test of faith to stay employed.

According to media reports, a letter has been issued detailing orders for all employees to be given a test to gauge their knowledge of Islam. The letter, which bore Taliban stamps and insignias and was signed by officials, was delivered by the ministry's Directorate of Invitation and Guidance.

It says all ministry employees are required to take the test, which appears to be based on a 10-page booklet that covers issues related to Islam.

The booklet addresses 53 topics, ranging from asking to describe the five pillars of Islam to explaining the difference between a prophet and a messenger of God, to describing the signs that Judgment Day has arrived.

During its first stint in power from 1996 to 2001, the Taliban also tested the religious knowledge of state employees who were not members of the hard-line group. But this is the first time the Taliban has quizzed public employees since it regained power in August 2021.

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In July, the Finance Ministry requested that female employees send a male relative to work in their stead, in keeping with the Taliban government's decision to bar most women from working in the public sector and government. Only women in the health and education sectors are permitted to work.