CMO to continue certification of religious servants
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 14 / Trend K.Zarbaliyeva /
The Caucasian Muslims Office (CMO) will continue the certification of religious servants in February.
The certification was temporarily suspended in connection with the beginning of the Hajj, the CMO reported. Then, the process scheduled for January was postponed to February in connection with the Muharram month.
Upon resumption of the certification, the CMO will check the level of knowledge of religious servants in Sabirabad, Saatli, Imishli and Salyan regions. There are about 100 religious servants here.
Certification is carried out in three categories (Mullah, Akhund and the imam). Mandatory for attestation is the knowledge of the Koran.
The mullahs must know the memorial prayer, the order of the funeral process, and Akhund and imams should have knowledge in areas such as divorce, inheritance and partition order, resolution of family problems on the basis of Shariah.
The certification process in Lankaran, Lerik, Jalilabad, Astara, Masalli and Bilasuvar regions has already been completed. Part of the religious servants failed to pass the certification and some were given time from three to six months.
The main goal of certification is the attraction of the graduates of the Baku Islamic University to this area.
Those who do not pass certification, will be prohibited from participating in religious ceremonies as a mullah. Otherwise, they risk punishment by administrative order.