Sharjah Enacts Considered decision to Govern Mosques and Islamic Practice

Asma Ahmed - | UAE

All Islamic activities in the emirate, including mosques, cemeteries, public and private musallah, and their employees, are subject to the new decision's restrictions.

Sharjah Executive Council Advances Governance and Services

The Sharjah Executive Council (SEC) met in a lively session on Tuesday, guided by Sheikh Abdullah bin Salem bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Deputy Ruler of Sharjah and SEC Deputy Chairman. Within the prestigious walls of the Sharjah Ruler's Office, this important meeting took place.

Broad Spectrum Deliberations

The meeting's agenda resonated with the overarching vision of progress as it delved into a panorama of governmental matters. The discussions spanned an array of critical subjects, encompassing the evolution of legal statutes within the emirate, diligent oversight of governmental operations across diverse departments and entities, and the blueprinting of enhanced services for both UAE citizens and residents residing in Sharjah.

Of notable significance, the SEC proudly issued Decision No. (23) of 2023, serving as a comprehensive framework for the orchestration of Islamic institutions and pursuits across the emirate. This momentous decision casts its jurisdiction over a wide spectrum, encompassing all facets of Islamic activities, mosques, public and private musallah (prayer areas), cemeteries, and the dedicated workers therein.

Navigating Regulatory Frontiers

The decision's landscape is etched with legal provisions meticulously crafted to navigate the realm of mosque governance and Islamic endeavors. Among its salient features are stipulations delineating permissible and restricted actions within mosque premises, streamlined protocols for procuring permits for Islamic activities, guidelines for the printing of the Holy Quran and Islamic publications, and comprehensive regulations for the construction, modification, and maintenance of mosques.

Guardianship Over Mosque Labor and Musalla Tenets

The decision reverberates with its guardianship of mosque labor matters, meticulously charting the course for organizing both public and private musallas. Moreover, it ushers in a new era of regulation, accentuating domains spanning administrative penalties, judicial confiscations, and a host of transitional provisions that cohesively harmonize the emirate's Islamic landscape.

Technological Leap Forward

Additionally, the SEC embarked on deliberations aimed at steering government entities into the digital age. By aligning with technological advancements and embracing the ever-accelerating pace of progress, Sharjah is poised to elevate service delivery across sectors, ensuring seamless and efficient access to vital services.

As the Sharjah Executive Council's weekly meeting radiated with purposeful deliberations that promise to shape the emirate's governance, services, and Islamic institutions with precision and foresight. Under the astute leadership of Sheikh Abdullah bin Salem bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Sharjah charts a path toward excellence, innovation, and holistic progress.

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