The Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs has announced that this year Taraweeh prayers would not be offered in the mosques during Ramzan. The ministry has directed the citizens to offer the prayers at their respective homes as the ban on mosques would not be lifted until the end of coronavirus.
Saudi Arabia newspaper Al Riyadh reported that country’s Minister of Islamic Affairs Dr. Abdul Latif Al Sheikh said that the suspension of performing the five daily prayers at mosques was 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,” he said.
The minister further directed the relevant authorities to make sure that only five to six people offer funeral prayer of the dead. “This is a precaution in line with the prohibition of gatherings, so that funeral prayers take place at cemeteries should not exceed five to six of the deceased’s relatives, and the rest pray at their homes.”
Al Sheikh said it was important to restrict the large gatherings of people, as the deadly coronavirus transmits in such congregations.