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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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