NEWS IN JUNE 2019
The Chairman of the State Committee on Work with Religious Organizations (SCWRO) of Azerbaijan, Mubariz Qurbanly, said that there was a monitoring of the population’s attendance at religious rites in mosques in Azerbaijan. According to him, the monitoring revealed that approximately 7-8% of Azerbaijan’s population took part in religious rites in mosques, “The results conducted in 134 mosques in Baku were almost similar. However, it does not mean that the population of the country has different religious preferences or does not observe religious rites. People simply do their religious rituals at home and this is their personal choice. There is no pressure here,” he concluded.
Further, the head of SCWRO added that at present imams appointed by the Board of Muslim of Caucasus operate in all mosques, “Two imams are appointed to perform the general prayer, and they are rotating in charge of the rite. In some mosques there are imam and his assistant. Today, there are no mosques in Baku, where there were no appointed imams. Some people have problems with their documents but we try to make sure that they function in accordance with the law”.