4 December 2006
ABU DHABI — The General Authority for Islamic Affairs and Awqaf (GAIAA) in Abu Dhabi has issued a circular to mosques across the country urging worshippers not to bring with them children below five years of age to pray.
The GAIAA said the decision has been taken to maintain peace and quiet at mosques.
The authorities reportedly received a number of complaints that some people insist on bringing children to mosques and the noise they make often disturb prayers. There was mixed response to the circular. While some feel that the decision will help to ensure tranquillity in mosques, others protest against it saying there’s no religious bar on children entering mosques and they must be allowed to familiarise themselves with mosques from their early childhood.