As part of its role to draw up the general policy for Islamic affairs and charitable work in Dubai
IACAD held media roundtable to discuss latest administrative resolutions
- Earlier this year, and as part of government directives, IACAD announced three administrative resolutions that aim to enhance governance of Islamic affairs and religious activities in Dubai
- Administrative Resolution No. (7) of 2020 prescribed the Requirements for Printing and Circulating Quran Copies and Religious Publications in the emirate of Dubai
- Administrative Resolution No. (8) of 2020 prescribed the Conditions for Concluding Amicable Settlements with Violators in Providing and Raising Donations in the emirate of Dubai
- Administrative Resolution No. (9) of 2020 outlined the Rules and Procedures for Licensing Religious Activities in the emirate of Dubai
Dubai, 12 February 2020: The Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department in Dubai (IACAD) recently held a media roundtable to discuss its latest resolutions. Deliberated at the roundtable, which was held at the headquarter of the International Institute for Tolerance, Dubai, were Administrative Resolution No. (7) of 2020 on Prescribing the Requirements for Printing and Circulating Quran Copies and Religious Publications in the emirate of Dubai, Administrative Resolution No. (8) of 2020 on Prescribing the Conditions for Concluding Amicable Settlements with Violators in Providing and Raising Donations in the emirate of Dubai, as well as Administrative Resolution No. (9) of 2020 explaining the Rules and Procedures for Licensing Religious Activities in the emirate of Dubai.
His Excellency, Dr. Hamad bin Sheikh Ahmed Al Shaibani, Director General of IACAD; Mr. Ahmed Al Muhairi, Executive Director of the Charity Sector; Dr. Ali Al Marzouqi, Acting Executive Director of the Islamic Affairs Sector, and Mr. Marwan Al Shehhi, Legal Advisor, Director of Legal Affairs, attended the media roundtable. IACAD representatives spoke with the media about the new administrative resolutions, their objectives and mechanisms, as well as other relevant topics.
His Excellency, Dr. Hamad bin Sheikh Ahmed Al Shaibani, stressed that IACAD’s operations are based on its strategic vision to accomplish future needs. This is in line with the January 4, 2020 Charter declared by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The Charter oversees the economic and social governance in Dubai. IACAD issued new administrative resolutions, as part of its commitment to draw up the general policy for Islamic affairs and charitable work in the emirate in adherence with the highest international standards.
Dr. Al Shaibani said: “Our meeting with the media sheds light on the new administrative resolutions issued by the department earlier this year, and reaffirms the importance of the media’s contribution in achieving the goals of these resolutions. IACAD proactively seeks to communicate with the media, as they are an essential partner in advancing our development goals. The media highlights important social issues, provides the right information and raises awareness among society.”
Administrative Resolution No. (8) of 2020 prescribed nine conditions for amicable settlements with violators of Decree No. (9) of 2015 on regulating donations in the emirate of Dubai. The resolution also explained the implications of amicable settlements, so as not to prejudice the procedures to be taken against the violator stipulated in Article (13) of the decree. The Executive Director of the Charity Sector at IACAD is authorised to issue the necessary instructions needed to implement the resolution.
Mr. Ahmed Al Muhairi, Executive Director of the Charity Sector at IACAD, said: “IACAD supports fundraising campaigns and sustainable charitable work activities in Dubai, as part of IACAD’s commitment to Article 9 of the 50-Year-Charter. The issuance of administrative resolution no. (8) supports philanthropy governance in Dubai. It provides a clear mechanism to find amicable settlements with violators of the Decree of Regulating the Raising of Donations in the Emirate of Dubai. The resolution encourages adherence to legal regulations for fundraising and enhances confidence in IACAD’s supervision of donation campaigns. All of which ensure that donations reach the intended recipients who need it the most.”
Al Muhairi stated that the projects department concerned with following up fundraising activities carried out 3,203 supervisory visits in 2019. He indicated that the 5,525 donation boxes were from across the emirate of Dubai, while the number of clothing collection boxes reached 2,300. He also pointed out that in the past year, the number of box-violations by licensed entities was 26, while the number of violations by unlicensed entities stood at 41. Donations collected from box violations are valued at AED 77,500.
12 violations of collecting donations took place in the emirate during 2019, which amounted to AED 414,000. During the media roundtable, Al Muhairi noted that the money collected was spent on various charitable causes – for instance, AED 337,000 was donated to Rashid Hospital for cancer treatment. He mentioned that IACAD diligently follows up on all the comments received regarding the activities of the licensed charitable societies. As many as 104 notes in this regard reached the department, and were tracked. IACAD issued two warnings to two societies that are not bound by the established regulations.
Al Muhairi reiterated the IACAD’s keenness to improve charitable work in Dubai as an essential part of its objectives. He noted that the period of obtaining a license for charitable activities decreased from 15 working days to one working day, which underscores the department’s commitment to support charitable activities in accordance with the highest standards of governance and the highest international standards.
Administrative Resolution No. (7) of 2020 clarifies the requirements for licensing printing and circulating Quran copies and religious publications in the emirate of Dubai. The latter also detailed the procedures for necessary permits by IACAD, in addition to the terms of authoring, preparing and distributing religious publications issued by the department’s employees or contractors. The resolution also mentioned the checks and balances by IACAD. The resolution prohibited the circulation of the Holy Quran, and all religious publications, by all individuals and print outlets in Dubai prior to obtaining a license to do so, and abiding by conditions stipulated by IACAD.
Administrative Resolution No. (9) of 2020 explained the procedures for licensing religious activities in the emirate of Dubai, and specified the regulations that the licensee must adhere to. It also stressed the need to obtain prior written approval from IACAD for retreating in mosques in Dubai.
Commenting on the two resolutions, Dr. Ali Al Marzouqi, Acting Executive Director of the Islamic Affairs Sector, said: “IACAD is committed to promote the values of moderate Islam, as it reflects Dubai’s humanitarian position, while ensuring commitment to Sharia regulations. These administrative resolutions reinforce IACAD’s role when it comes to overseeing the printing of the Holy Quran and other religious publications, in order to ensure accuracy, quality and adherence to the tolerant values of Islam. By supervising religious activities’ licenses in Dubai, IACAD ensures that they are in line with the purposes of Islam and Dubai’s mission of tolerance.”
Dr. Al Marzouqi said that during past three years, the Research Department reviewed more than five million pages of religious materials written in, or translated to Arabic. He also mentioned that the department reviewed 3,900 books in 2019, 210 of which were banned because they violated the rules and regulations. Dr. Al Marzouqi added that IACAD approved over 900 religious activities last year, while the number of religious events, including lectures, classes and seminars, exceeded 5,600.
Dr. Al Marzouqi stated that IACAD applies the highest standards when it reviews the print of the Holy Quran, and that IACAD, sometimes, also reviews copies of Quran outside Dubai. The Research Department, according to Al Marzouqi, reviews the translation of Quran to nine approved language, namely: Arabic, English, Urdu, Persian, Russian, Chinese, Tagalog, Amharic, and French. Additionally, the department reviews any document in another language by auditing the original material if it was originally written in Arabic
Mr. Marwan Al Shehhi, Legal Advisor, Director of Legal Affairs, said that these new resolutions are complementary to the decrees and laws issued by the Government of Dubai. He stated that IACAD is keen to translate these resolutions to English and publish it on its website, in order to raise public awareness. Al Shehhi praised the collaboration with The Supreme Legislation Committee to issue these resolutions.
The administrative resolutions are part of IACAD’s strategic plan for 2018 to 2021. The plan’s objectives are based on five main axes: global Islamic leadership, pioneering and innovative charity work, sustainable mosques, efficient and happy work environment and effective corporate governance.
Through the aforementioned, IACAD seeks to build a more harmonious society that is aware of the values of moderate Islam, as well as the importance of sustainable charitable work.