The Council of Senior Scholars in Saudi Arabia decided has decided to suspend the daily congregational prayers and the weekly Friday prayer across all mosques in the Kingdom, except for the Two Holy Mosques in Makkah and Madinah.
The 25th extraordinary session of the council held in Riyadh ruled that all the mosques will remain closed on a temporary basis but the call for prayer (adhan) shall be made as usual, the statement said.
It also said an amendment has been made to the Adhan in which the usual phrase “come to prayer” in the Arabic call has been replaced with “pray at home.”
The new phrase can also be translated as “pray where you are”.
Saudi Arabia announced 38 new cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday as the total number infected rose to 171.