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Friday sermons in Saudi Arabia to focus on coronavirus prevention

Filed on June 5, 2020
Saudi Arabia, Friday sermons, coronavirus prevention

The Kingdom has called on worshipers to respect ongoing safety measures inside mosques.

The Kingdom's minister of Islamic affairs has called for Friday's sermons to focus on Covid-19 precautionary and preventive measures.

Sheikh Abdullatif Al Asheikh's directive is part of the ministry's efforts to raise awareness in Saudi society, as Friday sermons play a role in guiding people and provide an opportunity to remind them about government instructions to fight the coronavirus.

Al Asheikh also called on speakers to highlight the Kingdom's work in the context of the pandemic.

Meanwhile, the Islamic authority in Qassim region have approved 205 mosques to perform Friday prayers according to new regulations, SPA reported.

The first call to prayer will be announced 20 minutes earlier, and khutbas - religious address delivered by the imam - to last at maximum for 15 minutes.

Also, volunteers will help worshipers disperse between mosques.

Mosques across the Kingdom, except for those in Makkah, have opened their doors to worshippers on Sunday, May 31, as coronavirus restrictions ease.

Last week, Saudi Arabia called on Muslims to respect ongoing safety measures inside mosques, such as bringing their own prayer mats, wearing masks and washing hands prior to entering the viciSaudi Arabia called on Muslims to respect ongoing safety measures inside mosquenities.

Al Asheikh said preventative measures will remain in place to ensure a safe return of worshipers to mosques for Friday prayers from May 31 until June 20.

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