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Coronavirus: Saudi Arabia to suspend Taraweeh prayers during Ramadan

The Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance announced that Taraweeh prayers will only be performed at home during Ramadan, as the suspension of prayers at mosques will not be lifted until the end of coronavirus.

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.

According to instructions and precautions issued by the Ministry of Health and relevant authorities, five to six people from the family of the deceased are to make funeral prayers for the dead, Al-Sheikh said. “This is a precaution in line with the ban on gatherings, so that funeral prayers at cemeteries should not exceed five to six relatives of the deceased, and the rest pray at their homes, he stressed.

Al-Sheikh confirmed that funeral prayers are no greater than obligatory prayers, so it is possible to pray individually, as more importantly, there should not be a large number of people gathering in the same place where the infection could be transmitted.

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