Coronavirus: Pray at home during Ramadan - Saudi Arabia tells Muslims

Coronavirus: Pray at home during Ramadan - Saudi Arabia tells Muslims

- Saudi Arabia has told Muslims around the world to pray in their homes during Ramadan as a way to save lives during coronavirus outbreak

- The authority in the birthplace of Islam said that it is important that lives are not put at risk during the holy month

- According to the religious council, group meals are also to be avoided as a preventive measure during the pandemic

Top authority in Saudi Arabia has asked all Muslims around the world to observe the stay at home order and perform prayers in their homes during the holy month of Ramadan to curtail the spread of Covid-19.

The Saudi Senior Scholar’s Council on Sunday, April 19, said that faithfuls should observe prayers including the Taraweeh at home if their countries' governments recommend it, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

“The Muslim should avoid gatherings because they are considered the main reason for spreading infection, according to related medical reports,” the council said.

Another important thing the council advised was that Muslims must avoid the act of group meals during Ramadan, stressing the need to preserve life in Islam.

Muslims praying in Lagos, Nigeria. Photo credit: Daily Trust
Muslims praying in Lagos, Nigeria. Photo credit: Daily Trust
Source: UGC

It should be noted that Saudi Arabia, which is also the birthplace of Islam, had temporarily cancelled congregational prayers in mosque as well as stopped pilgrimage to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina as a way to deal with coronavirus outbreak.

The Saudi health ministry on Sunday, April 19, also announced the death of five more people from the virus, making the death toll a total number of 97.

Meanwhile, earlier reported that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Sunday, April 19 reported unprecedented 86 new cases of the novel coronavirus disease in Nigeria.

NCDC said that Lagos state leads other states with 70 new infections while the federal capital territory followed with 7 new infections.

Other states include Katsina and Akwa Ibom with three new cases respectively. Jigawa, Bauchi and Borno also joined them with three cases shared among them. With that, Nigeria now has 627 confirmed coronavirus cases with 21 deaths.

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In other news, Melinda Gates on Wednesday, April 15, slammed the United States president, Donald Trump, for withdrawing funding from the World Health Organisation (WHO) at a dangerous time like this.

In response to the suspension of funds, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced extra funding of $150 million (57,913,500,000) to help in the fight against the virus.

The wife of one of the richest man in the world said that starving the organization of funds is not logical.

"De-funding the WHO makes absolutely no sense during a pandemic. We need a global coordinated response. When you're in a crisis like this, it's all hands on deck,” she said. ( - We have upgraded to serve you better

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