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#COVID-19|Saudi Arabia could suspend Taraweeh prayers in Ramadan

Taraweeh prayers might be suspended in mosques in Saudi Arabia, during the holy month of Ramadan, the Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance has announced.

According to a report in Al Riyadh, Abdul Latif Al Sheikh, the Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs, said that prayers should be performed at home if the situation remains the same in terms of the Covid-19 pandemic in the country.

Al Riyadh newspaper quoted Dr. Abdul Latif Al Sheikh, Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs, as saying: “The suspension of performing the five daily prayers at mosques is more important than the suspension of Taraweeh prayers. We ask Allah the Almighty to accept Taraweeh prayers whether held at mosques, or homes, which we think is better for people’s health. We ask Allah the Almighty to accept prayers from all of us and protect humanity from this epidemic that hit the entire world,” Al Sheikh clarified.

In line with the instructions and precautions issued by the Ministry of Health and relevant authorities, five to six people from the deceased’s family are to perform funeral prayers for the dead, Al Sheikh said. “This is a precaution in line with the prohibition of gatherings, so that funeral prayers take place at cemeteries should not exceed five to six of the deceased’s relatives, and the rest pray at their homes, he emphasised.

Al Sheikh confirmed that funeral prayers are not greater than obligatory prayers, so it is possible to pray individually, as more important is that there should not be a large number of people gathering in the same place, where it would be possible to transmit the infection.

[Via Arab media and syndicated feeds]

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