Coronavirus: Saudi Arabia to suspend Taraweeh prayers in Ramadan

Coronavirus: Saudi Arabia to suspend Taraweeh prayers in Ramadan

- Saudi Arabia government has suspended Taraweeh prayers during Ramadan fasting month from the two Holy Mosques in Mecca and Madina

- The Islamic nation also disclosed that only five to six people from the family of a deceased are henceforth allowed to perform funeral prayers

- According to Worldometer statistics, Over 4,000 Covid-19 cases have been reported in Saudi Arabia with 59 deaths

Amid growing Covid-19 crisis, Saudi Arabia has announced the suspension of Taraweeh prayers during Muslims fasting month Ramadan as prayers will now hold in homes instead of the two grand mosques in Makkah and Medina.

According to Al Riyadh, Saudi authorities, through its Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance, made the announcement on Sunday evening, April 12.

Abdul Latif Al-Sheikh, Saudi Islamic affairs minister, said the suspension of the major prayers was due to the scourge of the pandemic which has plunged the health security of the world into mounting threats.

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The suspension of performing the five daily prayers at mosques is 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,” Al-Sheikh said.

The Islamic affairs minister also disclosed that henceforth, only five to six people from the family of a deceased are allowed to perform funeral prayers for 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," he emphasised.

Coronavirus, since its outbreak has, has hit over 100 countries, with 1,862,584 cases officially confirmed in the world according to Worldometer index.

Over 4,000 cases have been reported in Saudi Arabia with 59 deaths recorded.

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Earlier, reported that Saudi Arabia government has expressed its readiness to refund the Umrah fees and service charges to people whose pilgrimage trips were cancelled as a result of its decision to put a temporary suspension on the lesser hajj. L

In a statement by its foreign ministry, the oil-rich nation on Thursday, February 27 earlier suspended visas for pilgrims wishing to visit the holy city of Mecca over coronavirus fears.

Visitation to the Prophet’s Mosque known as Masjid Nabawiy in Medina was also suspended to avoid the tragic spread of the disease.

But providing further updates through its Ministry of Hajj and Umrah in a statement on Sunday, March 1, the Saudi government said it has launched an electronic service to refund the Umrah fees to pilgrims who have paid.

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