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Posted On: 21 May 2020 07:27 pm
Updated On: 21 May 2020 09:20 pm

Awqaf: No Eid Al Fitr prayer at mosques in Qatar

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The Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs (Awqaf) confirmed that the decision of, temporarily, closing mosques and suspending congressional prayers as part of the precautionary and preventive measures against the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), also applies to Eid Al-Fitr prayers for the year 1441 AH.

In a statement today, the ministry said that based on the previous statement issued by the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs on April 22, 2020, which was implemented in order to strengthen the preventive measures and precautionary measures taken by the state to curb the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, regarding the continued closure of mosques and the suspension of congregational prayers, until the safety and tranquility of the worshipers are met, we confirm that the decision also applies to Eid Al-Fitr prayers for the year 1441 AH.

The Ministry indicated that the Friday and Eid Al-Fitr prayers which are held exclusively in the presence of 40 worshipers, as per the Hanbali doctrine, mainly Imams, Muezzins and staff of the Imam Muhammad bin Abdul Wahab Mosque, will be broadcast on TV and radio channels while affirming that it is not permissible to follow the imam in prayer broadcast on radio, television and other means of communication.

The Ministry also stressed it will be in contact with the competent authorities to follow up on the COVID-19 status and will reopen all mosques as soon as the risk of the pandemic has passed.

On the occasion the closing Eid Al-Fitr, the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs presented congratulations and greetings to HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani; HH the Father Amir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani; HH the Deputy Amir Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Thani and to the wise government, the honorable Qatari people, and the entire Islamic nation.

As part of the measures by the state to contain the spread of COVID-19, The Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs (Awqaf) has said that the closure of mosques and the suspension of congregational prayers including the five obligatory prayers and Friday prayers will continue.

There will be no Eid Al-Fitr prayer that will be held in mosques in Qatar this year, with the exception of the Imam Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab mosque.

The Eid prayer at the Imam Muhammad mosque will be limited to 40 people, including imams, muezzins, and mosque's employees.

Source: Qatar News Agency

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