NEWS ALERT | Saudi Arabia, UAE Mosques To Stay Closed For Eid Prayers

RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – Mosques will remain closed for prayers on the Eid Al-Fitr holiday, Saudi and United Arab Emirates officials said on Friday, calling on the population to adhere to safety guidelines to avoid the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The Eid, which marks the end of the holy fasting month Ramadan, may fall on Saturday or Sunday in the Gulf Region.

Saudi Islamic Affairs Minister Abdullatif al-Sheikh gave instructions not to have Eid prayers in mosques, Saudi State TV quoted him as saying.

‘Muslim will hold the Eid prayer at home because of the pandemic’, the Saudi Press Agency cited Sheikh Abdul Bari al-Thubaiti, the iman, or the prayer leader, of the Prophet’s Mosques in Medinah, as saying in the Friday sermon.

During Ramadan, prayers without worshipper were held by the imams in the two holy mosques of Makkah and Medinah, in the west of the kingdom.

In the UAE, the Dubai government’s media office said on Twitter that mosques will remain closed, and listed  a series of Eid customs that should not be observed, including family visits and giving gifts or money to children.


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