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Uzbekistan Bans Children From Mosques on Eid

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

TASHKENT -- Uzbekistan's government has banned people under the age of 18 from attending regular Friday Prayers or special prayer services at mosques across the country, including the Eid celebrations on September 24 that mark the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
 
The order, issued by Uzbekistan's Education Ministry on September 23, warns parents they will face a fine of about $750 –- equal to 15 months' salary at the country's minimum wage –- if their children are caught by the authorities inside a mosque during prayer services.
 
It also warns imams at mosques not to allow anyone under the age of 18 into prayer services.
 
The Uzbek government frequently expresses concerns about the threat posed by Islamic extremists amid increasing Islamic sentiments in the country.
 
Ubaidullo Azimov, a local official in Tashkent, told RFE/RL that the government's position was that "children's brains should not be distracted" from school studies by religion.
 

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