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Coronavirus in UAE: Mosques close for four weeks

Published on March 16, 2020 at 21.00

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It was guided by a fatwa issued by the UAE Fatwa Council.- Photo by M.Sajjad/Khaleej Times
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Congregational prayers, including those offered on Friday, have been suspended across all mosques in the UAE for a period of four weeks.- Photo by M.Sajjad/Khaleej Times
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The General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments (GAIAE) said late on Monday that the decision was taken to avoid the spread of Covid-19 and protect public health.- Photo by M.Sajjad/Khaleej Times
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The decision was based on the directives issued by the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) and Ministry of Health and Prevention.- Photo by M.Sajjad/Khaleej Times
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"At mosques, only the Azan (call for prayer) will be given out to alert worshippers about prayer times. Mosque doors will remain closed," the GAIAE said. "The words 'pray at home' will be repeated twice at the end of the Azan." - Photo by M.Sajjad/Khaleej Times
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The call that signals the start of a prayer won't be made. Ablution halls at mosques will also be closed. "The situation on the current Covid-19 pandemic will be reassessed after four weeks." - Photo by M.Sajjad/Khaleej Times
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The GAIAE appealed to all mosque-goers and worshippers to comply with the directive and offer their five daily prayers at home.- Photo by M.Sajjad/Khaleej Times
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The UAE Fatwa Council had previously urged Muslims suffering from respiratory or immunity issues to avoid congregational prayers.- Photo by Abdul Karim Hanif/Khaleej Times
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The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque was closed to visitors from Sunday. Authorities in Sharjah had earlier suspended the gathering of worshippers at churches, including services, prayers and other activities. - Photo by Abdul Karim Hanif/Khaleej
 
 
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