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'Gov't spends over JD50 million annually on mosques'
By JT - Feb 20,2013 - Last updated at Feb 20,2013
AMMAN – Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Abdul Salam Abbadi on Wednesday said the government spends over JD50 million a year on mosques, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.
During the inauguration of a mosque in the capital's Tabarbour neighbourhood, the minister said the funds go to building new mosques, renovation work, salaries of imams and preachers and water and electricity bills, according to Petra.
The Tabarbour mosque was built at a cost of JD700,000, donated by Nawal Masri.
Abbadi indicated that there are over 5,000 mosques across the Kingdom.
According to official figures, around 150 mosques are built annually in the country.
The figures also indicate that 3,000 mosques are in need of imams.
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Photovoltaic solar systems for power generation will be installed at the Kingdom’s mosques under a project to be implemented in the course of this year, according to an energy ministry official.
Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour on Wednesday said the Awqaf Ministry has taken short- and long-term measures to address the shortage of qualified imams.
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