Illegal mosques in Khatlon to be turned into aid stations and gyms
QURGHON TEPPA, September 20, 2011, Asia-Plus -- Khaton authorities intend to turn unregistered mosques into aid stations and gyms.
The local authorities of Jomi district have already gone with that, having turned 16 mosques that failed to undergo re-registration into public cultural centers.
“Other districts of southern Tajikistan have also adopted their initiative,” Bobokhon Sharbatov, the head of the Khatlon department on religious affairs, said, noting that 229 unregistered mosques have been detected in the province to date. According to him, all of them will change their status.
To-date, 1,718 mosques have been registered in Khatlon. “This number is quite enough for parishioners and in case of necessity or founding of new villages we are ready to consider the issue of construction of new mosques in compliance with all necessary requirements,” Sharbatov added.
We will recall that Tajikistan in 2009 passed a new law on religion requiring all religious communities to reregister with the Committee on Religious Affairs under the Government of Tajikistan.
Many mosques, some churches, and other non-Islamic places of worship were denied re-registration at that time. Some of those locations were built as venues for weddings or funerals and never had the formal status of mosques, although they were sometimes used as such.
Mosques in Tajikistan are administered by the State Committee for Religious Affairs, while other "public places" are run by local councils.
The country’s religion law limits the number of mosques that may be registered within a given population area. Friday mosques are allowed in districts with 10,000 to 20,000 persons; five-time mosques are allowed in areas with populations of 100 to 1,000. The quotas are higher for Dushanbe, where Friday mosques may function in areas with 30,000 to 50,000 persons; five-time mosques are allowed in areas with populations of 1,000 to 5,000.
According to CRA, Dushanbe now has one Islamic Center, 38 five-time prayer mosques, twenty Friday prayer mosques (larger facilities for weekly Friday prayers), and four central Friday prayer mosques.
-  CNPC’s subsidiary, Tajik state gas distributor sign agreement on establishing gas pipeline
-  CIS deputy foreign ministers to meet in Minsk over Ukraine
-  Tajikistan will not receive gas from the Central Asia-China gas pipeline, says Tajik official
-  Tajikistan’s inflation for Jan-Feb 2014 stands at 1.3 percent
-  Abundant hydroelectric energy could power Central Asia, says former US congressman
-  Tajik, Russian MFA’s sign cooperation program for 2014
-  German company reportedly ready to participate in implementation of energy projects in Tajikistan
-  Tajik foreign minister visits New York to attend the event dedicated to IYWC
-  AKF builds large vegetable storage facility in Muminobod
-  Tajikistan: arrest of lawyer is a threat to the independence of the profession, says ICJ
Earlier in the column
Articles by theme
Photo by topic
7 photo / 07 JulyNozim Kalandarov
21 photo / 27 JuneNozim Kalandarov
19 photo / 15 JuneMavjouda Hasanova
26 photo / 30 MayMavjuda Hasanova
27 photo / 18 AprilSayrahmon Nazriev
18 photo / 18 AprilNozim Kalandarov