Muslims in Saudi and United Arab Emirates will have to hold the Eid prayer at home due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as mosques will remain closed.
This was disclosed by officials on Friday.
They called on the population to adhere to safety guidelines while making prayers during the Eid-El-Fitr festival to avoid the spread of the novel coronavirus.
“Saudi Islamic Affairs Minister, Abdullatif al-Sheikh, gave instructions not to have Eid prayers in mosques.
“Muslims will hold the Eid prayer at home because of the pandemic,’’ the Saudi Press Agency cited Sheikh Abdul Bari al-Thubaiti, the prayer leader, of the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina, said in the Friday sermon.
Bittertruth Media recalls that during Ramadan, prayers without worshippers were held by Imams in the two holy mosques of Mecca and Medina, in the west of the kingdom.
In the UAE, the Dubai government’s media office said on Twitter that mosques will remain closed and banned family visits and giving gifts or money to children.
It may interest you to note that the Eid, which marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, may fall on Saturday or Sunday in the Gulf region.