Saudi Arabia has set several mandatory guidelines as mosques reopen for daily prayers including the weekly Friday prayer across the Kingdom except the holy city of Makkah, according to the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, as the Kingdom slowly eases strict measures in place against the coronavirus outbreak.
Saudi authorities said mosques will open for the daily prayers and the weekly Friday prayers during the second stage of the easing of restrictions starting next Sunday, May 31, until Saturday, June 20, 2020.
In a circular issued to mosque staff, Minister of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance Sheikh Dr. Abdullatif Al-Asheikh has instructed that all mosques across the Kingdom must comply with the following precautionary measures and instructions:
Precautionary measures and instructions:
1-Mosques to be open 15 minutes before the Adhan and close them 10 minutes after prayer
2-The waiting period between the Adhan and Iqamah is limitd to 10 minutes
3-Open windows and doors of mosques from entering time to the end of the prayer
4-Temporarily remove copies of the Holy Qur’an and other books from mosques
5-Ensure Worshipers keep a distance of 2 meters between each other
6-Ensure one space is left between each row
7-All water coolers and refrigerators will be closed
8-Do not allow Distribution of water or food as well as other items such as perfumes and miswak in the mosque
9-Close toilets and ablution places in mosques
The weekly Friday prayers Precautionary measures are as follows:
1-Open mosques twenty minutes before Friday prayer and closing them Twenty minutes after prayer.
2-Friday sermon with the actual prayer should not exceed 15 minutes.
The circular also stipulates to keep the suspension of secondary activities, like religious courses, programs and lectures, as well as the memorizing Holy Qur’an sessions in the mosques, and to continue education and lectures remotely until further notice.
Imams of mosques are urged to inform worshipers to take the following precautionary measures:
1-Wear a cloth face mask
2-Bring their own prayer rugs and not leave them behind after the prayer
3-Not to accompany children under 15 years of age to the mosques
4-Perform ablution at home
5-Avoid crowding when entering or exiting the mosques
The spokesman of the Ministry of Interior also clarified later in the day that people are allowed to perform congressional prayers in their locality during the time of curfew.
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