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Saudi Arabia suspends prayer in mosques over COVID-19

Atta Ur Rehman KhanWeb Editor & Columnist

18th Mar, 2020. 12:46 am
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Saudi Arabia has decided to suspend prayers across all mosques in the Kingdom, except for the Two Holy Mosques in Makkah and Madinah.

According to the details, The decision announced Tuesday encourages Muslims to pray at home rather than mosques to avoid the spread of the coronavirus.

A statement on SPA said it is allowed religiously to suspend all group prayers in mosques, including the weekly Friday prayers.

SPA said, Mosques will close their doors temporarily but continue to issue the ritual call to prayer, which will direct people to pray in their homes rather than come to the mosque.

The sources also said, Islamic Affairs Minister Abdulatif al-Sheikh told state television that facilities for washing the dead at mosques that have them would remain open but access would be restricted to a few people. Praying over the dead will only be permitted at the cemetery, not in the mosque, he added.

Coronavirus: Pakistan and Saudi Arabia discussed preventive measures for Hajj

Earlier in March, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia discussed security arrangements for Pilgrims (Hujjaj) amid coronavirus outbreak.

According to the details, Pakistan’s Minister for Religious Affairs Noor-ul-Haq Qadri had a telephonic discussion with the Saudi Minister of Hajj and Umrah Dr. Mohammad Saleh today (Saturday).

Both dignitaries discussed security arrangements for Hajj pilgrims amid coronavirus. The Saudi Minister said an ample policy has been inked to tackle the outbreak of Coronavirus in Saudi Arabia.

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