Imams and worshippers at mosques must be made more aware of the need to reduce their consumption of water and electricity, a meeting has heard.
The call came during talks on cutting consumption between the Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (Sewa) and the emirate's Department of Islamic Affairs and Awqaf.
Sewa Spokesman Abdul Rahman Al Salman said the meeting was part of a campaign that was being conducted in co-operation with all departments and bodies.
"The campaign focuses on the rationalisation of energy and water as the basis for life, production and development as well as on the major efforts made by Sewa to desalinate and distribute water," he said.
Suggestions made during the meeting covered the need to monitor, clean and maintain air-conditioning units and the fixing of timers to control the operation of air-conditioners and lights. The meeting agreed that after prayers imams and muezzins should ask worshippers to rationalise their use of electricity and water.
Rashid Al Marzouki, the official in charge of rationalisation at the electricity distribution department, said Islamic affairs and Awqaf officials were aware of the need to reduce consumption in mosques.