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KUWAIT CITY, Jan 22: Undersecretary of Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Fareed Al-Emadi revealed that the ministry asked Civil Service Commission (CSC) to equate Kuwaiti muezzins and imams with teachers in terms of salaries and allowances, reports Al-Rai daily.
He expressed sorrow over the abstention of Kuwaitis to work as muezzins and imams, indicating that the ministry has a total of 1,600 mosques but only 130 Kuwaiti muezzins and imams.
Al-Emadi stressed that laborers are strictly prevented to perform “Azan” (call for prayers), insisting that the imam should take over the task of muezzin if the latter is on leave. He affirmed that the ministry will take necessary action against imams and muezzins if any of the laborers or citizens performed Azan.