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Religion in the UAE

Close to 100% of the population of the United Arab Emirates is Muslim
Close to 100% of the population of the United Arab Emirates is Muslim. The majority of these are Sunni, with the rest Shia. Most UAE citizens are Sunni Muslims who faithfully hold to the Maliki customs that are officially permitted. Many of the Sunnis of the sect known as the Wahhabi live in the retreat at Al Buraymi, and those who adhere to the Shafii law live on the Al Batinah coast. Overseas inhabitants include Shia and Sunni Muslims, Christians, and Hindu. There are people of every religion in the UAE who have the liberty to practice the religion of their choice without the government interfering too much.

Religion is a concept that permeates throughout each part of the world culture in different names and different traditions, which inform the way of life of the people. There are so many religions throughout the world, and the major religions have billions of followers. There are Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, atheists, and more. Each tries to teach good moral character for people, but sometimes interpretations of what is “good” differs between cultures, and some interpret actions as being “wrong” and damaging to the society in the way of destruction of the society and to the religion, too. The religions all say that their God is the only one, and there is only one teaching for all human kind.

If you were to discuss the United States of America with someone from the UAE, non-Muslim religious leaders in the UAE would refer to it as one of the “good” liberal, open minded countries in terms of lawmaking and common attitudes that allow the free practice of any faith or religion without a problem. The UAE nominally follows a policy of tolerance toward non-Muslims, and in practice does not get too much in the way of their religious practices. Then again, the government forbids non-Muslims from soliciting others to their religion, and this is a criminal offense and can result in arrest, detention, criminal trial, or deportation because the practice is considered harmful to Islam.

If a person is not a specific religious follower, he may instead believe in some good moral such as serving people and helping the poor in society. This can take the form of a sort of religion for this person, so that person may be considered as good as a religious person in the society. There are Christians all over the world with billions of followers. There are also many schisms in the Christian faith. The Indian civilization is very old, as is Hinduism, which began in the fourth century, BC. Additionally, it spread to every part of the world. The followers were considered kind at first. They used to worship natural things and started thinking of the women as a deity in their life in the early Vedic time. They worship animals as gods, and they do not eat flesh. They had their own customs for the happiness of the people and for making the gods pleased.

In 2003, going along with the principle of the UAE government’s adherence to the principles of interfaith tolerance, an Arab League in Abu Dhabi was stopped. To talk about other religions in the UAE, Mahavir Swami and Goutam Budha have done much to spread their religions into most parts of India. Both teach similar things: that there should be a simple way of living with compassion for everyone. They have enough pity on people that they keep cloths over their mouths so that not even a microorganism in the Hindu world experiences no violence.

One central regulatory body provides broad direction to Sunni Imamas and Sheiks who are Shias about what may be contained in a spiritual sermon. The UAE foundation says that Islam is the one authorized religion of each of the seven emirates of the republic. Muslims are forbidden from converting to another religion, but people may convert to Islam, and that is no problem. Throughout Ramadan, inhabitants and guests must follow mandatory rules of the Muslims. Islamic studies are required for citizen’s children going to municipal schools and for Muslim children in private schools. Any sacred teaching in a non-Muslim religion is not allowed in public schools in the UAE.

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