x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

FNC to question ban on UAE imams practising faith healing

The FNC plans to ask the Minister of State for FNC Affairs why imams are not allowed to use Quranic incantation to help people.

ABU DHABI // A ban on mosque imams practising faith healing has led people to turn to sorcerers, tomorrow’s session of the Federal National Council will hear.

Hamad Al Rahoomi (Dubai) will ask Dr Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for FNC Affairs, why imams are not allowed to use Quranic incantation to help people suffering psychological and physical pain.

Marwan bin Ghalita (Dubai) will also ask Dr Gargash about the lack of Emirati imams.

In 2008, the council passed a recommendation to the Cabinet that more Emiratis should be imams and muezzins.

Reem Al Hashimi, Minister of State and head of the National Statistics Centre, will be asked by Ahmed Al Mansouri (Dubai) about the delay in issuing national accounts, required to put in place development plans.

Mr Al Mansouri will also ask Dr Rashid bin Fahad, the Minister of Environment and Water, about food security.

And written questions to Dr Maitha Al Shamsi, Minister of State and head of the Marriage Fund, on encouraging Emirati men to marry Emirati women will be asked in her presence.

In the second part of the session the council will discuss a federal bill on agriculture.

The public session will be held in the FNC’s Abu Dhabi headquarters starting from 9am.

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