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COVID-19: Saudi Arabia to suspend Taraweeh prayers in Ramadan

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Taraweeh prayers might be suspended in mosques in Saudi Arabia, during the holy month of Ramadan, the Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance has announced.

According to a report in Al Riyadh, Abdul Latif Al Sheikh, the Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs, said that prayers should be performed at home if the situation remains the same in terms of the Covid-19 pandemic in the country.


“Suspension of the five daily prayers at mosques is more important than the suspension of Taraweeh prayers. We ask the Almighty Allah to accept Taraweeh prayers, whether we perform them at mosques or at out homes,” he said.

The temporary suspension of prayers at mosques was implemented as a precautionary measure by the Saudi authorities in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the Kingdom.

Additionally, Al Sheikh said that funeral prayers for the dead should be performed only by 5 to 6 people and that these prayers can be performed at home too.