Federal law to regulate mosques' affairs soon

ABU DHABI — The UAE cabinet will soon issue a federal law to regulate and govern affairs of mosques in the country, Dr Mohammed Mattar Al Ka'abi, Director-General of the General Authority for Islamic Affairs and Auqaf (GAIAA), told Khaleej Times.

By Adel Arafah

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Published: Fri 20 Jul 2007, 9:52 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 3:14 AM

'' The proposed legislation will settle and clear all issues concerning mosques, their role, working systems, rights and duties of their staff and their liability before the judiciary,'' he explained.

According to him, the law set deterrent penalties for those flouting and breaking the GAIAA's instructions on the functioning of mosques.

Al Ka'abi said that ''the law explicitly stipulates a series of stiff punishments that can amount up to imprisonment and fine to deter unauthorised persons from meddling in the mosques's affairs. The law obliges prayer leaders and preachers to adhere strictly to their assigned duties, he added.

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