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Tajikistan bans youths from mosques
Tajikistan's President Emomali Rahmon has signed a new law that bans the country's youths from participating in religious gatherings in mosques. When implemented, the so-called Parental Responsibility Law will deny millions of Tajik youths aged under 18 their right to go to mosques, and will also force them to study in secular schools, AFP reported on Wednesday.
The new law will also ban the Tajik youths from attending churches. A prominent Tajik politician and religious leader, Akbar Turajonzoda, has criticized the new law as being against the will of God. Turajonzoda said the participation of the youths under 18 in mass prayer was a religious necessity and highly recommended in Islam.
The Tajik cleric described the implementation of this law as a "disaster."
The representatives of Tajik clerics had asked Rahmon to refrain from signing the legislation, particularly before the holy month of Ramadan. Earlier, a senior Iranian cleric, Ayatollah Lotfollah Safi-Golpayegani, also slammed the Islamophobic rules in Tajikistan, saying they aim at stripping the Central Asian country of its Islamic identity. Ayatollah Safi-Golpayegani warned Tajikistan's government that the "course they have taken ends up in failure," and called on Tajik officials to formally apologize to the Muslims in Tajikistan and across the globe for their offensive, anti-Islam measures.