Sharjah Ruler issues amendments to law regulating the holy Quran, Sunnah

The UAE has banned unlicensed digital platforms from teaching the central religious text


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Published: Mon 8 Jul 2024, 4:07 PM

Last updated: Mon 8 Jul 2024, 8:35 PM

A new law amending some provisions to the law regulating the Holy Quran and Sunnah Foundation was issued on Monday, July 8.

Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, issued Law No. (4) of 2024 amending some provisions of Law No. (2) of 2018 regulating the Holy Quran and Sunnah.

According to the law, the text of Clause No. (5) of Article No. (5) of Law No. (2) of 2018 referred to shall be replaced with the following text:

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5- “Regulating permits for establishing private centers for memorizing the Holy Quran and the Sunnah of the Prophet, setting the controls and conditions for that, and supervising and monitoring them in coordination with the competent authorities in accordance with the applicable legislation.”

According to the law, Article No. (13) bis shall be added to Law No. (2) of 2018 referred to, which states the following:

13- “The employees approved by the institution and issued by a decision of the Minister of Justice in accordance with the text of Article (35) of Federal Decree-Law No. (38) of 2022 regarding the issuance of the Criminal Procedures Law shall have the status of judicial police officers in proving what occurs in violation of the provisions of this law and other regulations and decisions pursuant thereto within the scope of each of their jurisdiction."

Sunnah is the path shown by the Prophet Muhammad. These include the Shariah teachings derived from the Quran, Hadith and the consensus of the Companions of Prophet Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and the independent reasoning provided by qualified imams.

In the UAE, it is prohibited to establish or manage any centre or teach the Quran unless the necessary licence was obtained from the authorities, as the Emirates has banned unlicensed digital platforms from teaching the holy Quran.

The General Authority for Islamic Affairs, Endowments, and Zakat issued an advisory to UAE citizens and residents on June 2, highlighting the dangers posed by unlicensed digital platforms that offer Quran-teaching services.


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