x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 16 January 2018

UAE head of Islamic affairs to face FNC on ban of faith healing by UAE imams

Dr Hamdan Al Mazroui will attend the council's next session to clarify the ban on imams practising faith healing.

ABU DHABI // The head of the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments has been summoned to appear before the next FNC meeting after members were dissatisfied with his written answers to them.

Hamad Al Rahoomi (Dubai) has asked for Dr Hamdan Al Mazroui to attend the council's next session - due next week - to clarify the ban on imams practising faith healing.

Mr Al Rahoomi said this was common in other countries, some in Europe.

Dr Al Mazroui's full 75-page written response has not been released, but according to Mr Al Rahoomi it was "not enough". "We need more clarification from him," he said.

Marwan Bin Ghalita (Dubai) was also unhappy with Dr Al Mazroui's written answer about the Emiritsation of imams and muezzin.

Part of the authority chief's response read out in the session said the authority opened its doors for all Emiratis to come and work with them and to be trained in sharia.

"The 75-page response has nothing to do with the question," said Mr Bin Ghalita. "The question was about implementing [a 2008 edict on Emiratisation in mosques], not their efforts. I would like him to come."

He asked Dr Anwar Gargash, as the Minister of State for FNC Affairs, to ensure ministers' future responses answered the questions put to them. Dr Gargash said Dr Al Mazroui would be summoned to a later session.