Permit Must: UAE Prohibits Unlicensed Digital Platforms From Teaching the Holy Quran

Unauthorised teaching poses significant risks, including inaccurate interpretations of Quran

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Pavitra Shetty

Published on June 7, 2024, 12:05:01


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The United Arab Emirates has prohibited unlicensed digital platforms from teaching the Holy Quran, citing potential risks associated with unqualified instructors. According to the General Authority for Islamic Affairs, Endowments, and Zakat, teaching the Quran without a licence is illegal in the Emirates.

The authority warned citizens and residents about the dangers of using unlicensed digital platforms for Quranic education, emphasising the importance of ensuring accurate and appropriate religious instruction for the younger generation. Many individuals offering Quran teaching services online lack qualifications and religious education credentials, which can lead to incorrect teachings and misinterpretations.

This unauthorised teaching poses significant risks, including inaccurate interpretations of the Quran, misconceptions about Islamic principles, and potential misguidance. The authority has identified several unlicensed individuals offering classes, often using persuasive advertisements to attract students.

Parents are advised to exercise caution and report any suspicious or unlicensed teaching activities to the authorities, helping to prevent the proliferation of unqualified religious education providers. Engaging with unlicensed religious educators not only puts individuals at risk of severe legal consequences but also exposes parents to similar penalties.

It is essential to recognise that state laws strictly prohibit unlicensed religious education activities, and the consequences of non-compliance are severe and must be taken seriously. According to UAE law, teaching the Quran without a licence or permit is punishable by a minimum of two months' imprisonment and a fine of up to Dh50,000, or either of these penalties. Additionally, stricter penalties may apply under other laws.

To be eligible to teach, an individual must:

  •  Be at least 21 years old
  •  Have a good conduct record
  •  Not have been previously convicted of a felony or misdemeanor related to honour or trust, unless rehabilitated
  •  Provide proof of physical fitness for the role
  •  Have the necessary practical experience for managing a centre
  •  Hold appropriate qualifications for teaching or management roles
  •  Pass the required tests and personal interviews

These conditions ensure that only qualified and suitable individuals can teach the Quran, maintaining the integrity and accuracy of religious education in the UAE.
To establish a Quran teaching center or branch, the following conditions must be met:

  • Obtain a licence by law
  •  Ensure the building meets the technical and health requirements specified by the executive regulations
  • Provide fully separated classrooms for each gender
  •  Offer halls and arenas for activities specified by the executive regulations
  •  Equip the centre with the necessary tools and resources to carry out the licensed activity, as specified by the executive regulations

Additionally, individuals who are not sponsored by the center must obtain approval from the competent authorities to work. This ensures that Quran teaching centres operate in a legal and regulated manner, maintaining standards and quality in religious education.

Unqualified teachers have been profiting from Quran teaching for too long. This move will lead to better oversight of Quran teaching centers and ensure a safe and respectful learning environment for all students.

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