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MOSQUE RALLIES BANNED

MANAMA: Bahrain yesterday banned political rallies and other demonstrations at mosques.

Mosques are places of worship and their religious sanctity should not be breached, said the Islamic Affairs Ministry.

It said they should not be used for political rallies or gatherings which preach sedition and division, or any activities outside their normal role.

The statement was issued following a meeting between Royal Court Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa and Islamic Affairs Under-Secretary Shaikh Dr Farid Al Meftah, as well as representatives from the Sunni and Ja'afari Awqaf councils.

They agreed that a circular on the importance of abiding by the rules would be sent to mosque supervisors.

Muslims should realise that mosques are places of worship and have great religious and social importance in the community, said the statement.

People should not attempt any act that may harm the sanctity of mosques or use them in a negative manner, which diminishes their leading role in uniting all Muslims, said the statement.

It warned on the danger of using mosques and places of worship in a manner that harms society and national unity.

"Using mosques for rallies and demonstrations is against custom, religion and the law," said the statement.

"The ministry affirms its condemnation of any use of mosques and places of worships for political aims, to incite actions that harm the nation and its achievements through rallies, demonstrations and gatherings," it said.



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