President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has issued Federal Law No. 04 of 2018 which applies to mosques, public and private prayer spaces and Eid Mussalas in the country. The provisions of the Law are published in the latest issue of the Official Gazette. The Law states that the authority concerned with the affairs of mosques is responsible for naming them, providing and supervising the needs of mosques and prayer spaces. The authority also determines the timing of the call to prayer, Iqamah, organising religious lessons and lectures and the preparing of sermons, and religious events.
It also determines the opening and closing dates of mosques as well as the rules and conditions of I’tikaaf. The Law defines a number of acts that are prohibited in mosques, prayer spaces, and Eid Mussalas without a licence. The Law also prohibits the practice of begging in mosques or any activity that would disrupt the security and sanctity of mosques and prayer spaces. The Law sets clear guidelines in choosing candidates for jobs in the mosques.
President HH Sheikh Khalifa also issued Federal Law No. 03 of 2018, amending some provisions of Federal Law No. 06 of 2007 concerning the establishment and organisation of operations of the Insurance Authority. The law provides for the replacement of the provisions of Articles 1, 23, 25, 28, 35, 41, 95, 99 and 110 of the Federal Law No. 06 of 2007.