No fundraising for mosques, people warned

No fundraising for mosques, people warned
Updated 16 March 2016

No fundraising for mosques, people warned

No fundraising for mosques, people warned

JEDDAH: The Ministry of Islamic Affairs in Qassim has warned that it is unlawful to raise funds for mosque construction or its renovation.
Those who intend to build mosques must do so out of their own resources, Abdullah Mohammad Al-Majmaj, director of the ministry in Qassim, was quoted as saying by a local publication on Tuesday.
The ministry regulations stipulate that any person who wishes to build, restore or maintain a mosque should inform the ministry.
He said the donor has to sign a declaration stating that he or she would not raise funds for the construction or renovation.
“Individuals are not allowed to collect any donations, in cash or kind.”
He said only officially recognized charities are able to seek funds from the public.
The ministry’s warning comes in the wake of some people attempts to raise funds to build a mosque in their province. Action has now been initiated against them for contravening the country’s laws.
The Ministry of Interior had earlier announced new laws to regulate fundraising from the public, to prevent citizens from falling prey to criminals.
The Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency has also issued a circular ordering banks not to issue ATM or credit cards for special accounts aimed at building or restoring mosques.