Saudi Arabia introduced on Tuesday that mosques would now not settle for worshippers for the customary 5 each day prayers and the weekly Friday prayer, in distinctive measures meant to assist restrict the unfold of the coronavirus.
Prayers will proceed solely on the two holy mosques in Mecca and Medina, the holiest locations in Islam, state information company SPA reported, citing a call from the Council of Senior Students, the dominion’s highest non secular physique.
Mosques will shut their doorways briefly however proceed to concern the ritual name to prayer, which can direct individuals to wish of their houses reasonably than come to the mosque, SPA stated.
Islamic Affairs Minister Abdulatif al-Sheikh instructed state tv that amenities for laundry the lifeless at mosques which have them would stay open however entry could be restricted to a couple individuals. Praying over the lifeless will solely be permitted on the cemetery, not within the mosque, he added.
Saudi Arabia, with 133 reported infections and no deaths, has taken drastic measures to fight the unfold of the coronavirus, together with suspending the Umrah pilgrimage, halting all worldwide flights, and shutting most public institutions.
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