The Council of Senior Scholars in Saudi Arabia decided to suspend the daily congregational prayers and the weekly Friday prayer in all mosques across the Kingdom. The Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah are exempted from this ruling.
The decision is part of the preventive and precautionary measures being taken by the Kingdom to stem the spread of coronavirus.
Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al Al Sheikh, the highest religious authority in the country, said that Muslim prayers during Ramadan and for the subsequent Eid Al Fitr should be performed at home if the coronavirus outbreak continues, Saudi’s Okaz newspaper reported on Friday.
The 25th extraordinary session of the council which was 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.