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Churches should not be built in Islamic countries, say preachers ‘Awqaf Ministry not responsible for issuing licenses’

 KUWAIT CITY, July 26: A group of Islamic preachers claimed that churches should not be built in Islamic countries particularly in the Arabian Peninsula following the issuance of an approval for constructing a church in Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh, reports Al-Watan Arabic daily.

Undersecretary of Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Mutlaq Al-Qarawi stressed that the ministry is not responsible for issuing licenses for building churches, and only receives the applications for licenses, which they refer immediately to the Municipality for review.

Meanwhile, Sheikh Nazem Al-Misbah pointed out that the Fatwa and Legislation Department should be questioned for such issues, stressing that based on his knowledge about Islam, it is forbidden to build churches in the Arabian Peninsula.

Adding to the Sheikh Nazem’s comment, Sheikh Mohammad Humoud Al-Najdi said building churches in Kuwait should be prohibited, as Kuwait is a part of the Arabian Peninsula.

Furthermore, Sheikh Sayed A-Rifae Al-Husseini expressed displeasure towards Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, and the Municipality for approving the construction of a new church in Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh, stressing that it is not permissible as per the Sharia.

He added that giving excuses such as it is a matter of human rights and international norms to build it, is not acceptable, as Islam comes first, and people should respect religion first before serving humanity or anything else.

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churchesrobert littlewood | 9/17/2012 8:41:33 PM why is it such a big deal on building churches.surely in a counry with such a wide range of nationaliyty's doesnt every body have the right to pray in the uk were i come from there are temple's mosque's were all nationality's are welcomed to visit its every body's human right to exercise there right to there own religion and with kuwait is a country with lots of expats that come here to work and live so surely they need some where they can pray and just because some county's ban mosque's why does that mean everybody has to suffer,kuwait is still young and think this would be good for them as to say all religions are exepted here not just ours
Re: FairnessKaleem | 7/30/2012 12:08:06 PM There is already a "Minaret ban" on mosques is some christian countries. If churches are allowed to be constructed in muslim countries, similarly there should be a "Cross Ban" on churches. Then it will send clear signals to all the people.
Fairnessnikko | 7/27/2012 9:59:16 AM Does that mean that mosques are not allowed in Christian countries too?
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