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Committee to study non-Muslim religious activities established

The United Arab Emirates establishes a committee to study and classify non-Muslim religious activities, rituals and customs existing in the country. The idea is contained in a draft federal law approved by the UAE Federal National Council.

The draft law seeks to promote the values of tolerance and contains requirements that non-Muslim places of worship must meet, including those located in free economic zones.

In particular, each organisation representing a place of worship would have to open an account with a local bank. Violations of the provisions of the new law will be subject to fines ranging from AED 100,000 to AED 3 million.

Non-Muslim churches must comply with the requirements of the law within six months from the entry into force of the by-laws (this period may be extended to two years). The committee will ensure that all rules are followedю

A new interfaith temple, or House of Abraham Family, was opened on Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, on March 1, 2023. The complex includes a mosque, a synagogue and a Christian church. The new complex has become a symbol of tolerance and tolerance, as well as mutual respect and peaceful coexistence.

The temple of three religions is named after the prophet Abraham, revered in Islam, Judaism and Christianity. The grounds also include a garden, a museum and an educational centre, which will preach the ideas of human brotherhood and solidarity and help build a society based on the values of mutual respect and peaceful coexistence.

The temples are named after Dr Ahmed Al Tayeb, the great Imam of Al Azhar; Pope Francis, head of the Catholic Church; and Moses Ben Maimon, the 12th century Jewish philosopher. The architectural style of the temples follows the traditions of Islam, Christianity and Judaism.

Source: Khaleej Times

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