Austria: Prohibition of funding Imams and mosques from abroad

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Austria – The law clearly emphasizes that the laws of the State take precedence over religious rules. The Austrian government has adopted a draft law on Islam, to be effective against the spread of hate and radicalization.

Prohibition of funding Imams and mosques from abroad is a major part of the new law of Islam. Since the new law prohibits the operation of Imams who are paid from abroad, about 65 Islamic preachers, paid by the Turkish government, will have until the end of next year to leave Austria.

Minister for Integration Sebastian Kurtz and minister without a portfolio Joseph Ostermayer did not accept the request of the Islamic Religious Community in Austria to introduce a transitional period of 15 years, but they maintained that there is a problem of foreign Imams and financing from abroad resolved by the end of next year.

Also, the draft law, which needs to pass parliament, stipulates that all associations and clubs who have religious activities in the future have to operate under official religious societies such as the Islamic Community in Austria, or Alevi community.

The law also clearly emphasizes that the laws of the State take precedence over religious rules.

President of the Islamic Community in Austria Fuat Sanac is not a supporter of the new laws of Islam, especially those concerning financing from abroad and announced that his organization will make a statement on December 22 in response to the government of Austria.

He expressed hope that the bill will be amended and will be adapted so that the Turkish imams can stay in the country.

Otherwise, the law also bans sermons that are given on any language other than German.

 

 

SANA Agency


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