New Law Bans unauthorized Religious Activities in UAE Mosques

New Law Bans unauthorized Religious Activities in UAE Mosques

The President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan issued the law that applies to mosques, public and private prayer spaces and Eid Mussalas in the country.

According to the law, the authority is responsible for naming mosques. A similar name may not be used for another mosque in the same city unless approved by the local authority concerned.

The law disallow mosque employees from preaching and recitation, teaching religious lessons and running Quran memorization activities outside mosques. They can’t be involved in entities authorized to participate in any media activities without prior permission from the competent authority. They can’t collect donations or financial assistance from third parties.

It prohibits those working in mosques from belonging to any illegal group or from carrying out any political or organizational activities.

The law specify that candidates for jobs at mosques should be Emirati of good conduct, with no arrests, citation or criminal record. They have been cleared of the charges. Candidates for employment are also required to pass the tests, be medically fit and have all the required academic qualifications accredited by the government departments concerned.