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Dhs5,000 fine, 3-month imprisonment for begging at mosques and prayer spaces


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Gulf Today, Staff Reporter

The UAE Public Prosecution published a circular, which prohibits the act of begging at mosques all across the country.

The Public Prosecution said, “According to Article 9, Clause 1 of the Federal Law No.4 of 2018, concerning the regulation and care of mosques, it is prohibited to beg at mosques, public prayer areas, and Eid prayer areas.

Whoever violates this provision shall be sentenced to imprisonment for a duration of not more than three months or fined a monetary penalty of not more than Dhs5,000, in accordance with Article 15 of the same law.”    

UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan issued the Law in 2018 that concerns the organisation of and care for the mosques. 


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The provisions of the Law apply to mosques, public and private prayer spaces and Eid Mussalas in the country.

According to the Law, the authority or local authority concerned with the affairs of mosques is responsible for naming mosques, and it may, with consent, designate the mosque according to the donor's wishes. A similar name may not be used for another mosque in the same city unless approved by the body or the concerned local authority.

The Law also prohibits the practice of any activity that would disrupt the security and sanctity of mosques and prayer spaces.

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