Congregating to pray during Ramadan would endanger the lives of millions of people, the UAE said, during an announcement instructing Muslims to make supplications at home.
Muslim citizens and residents in the UAE have
been instructed to pray at home during the
upcoming holy fasting month of Ramadan, in an
unprecedented move for the country to navigate
religious duties during the global coronavirus
The Emirates Fatwa Council said congregating for
prayers despite social distancing measures put in
place to curb the coronavirus would be haram, or
forbidden, according to the religion.
Ramadan is traditionally a social time for Muslims where families gather to eat, socialise and pray
“Congregating to perform the prayer could endanger lives, an act that is strictly forbidden in
Islam,” said the statement.
The UAE has already closed down all houses of worship and banned congregational prayers as part of containment measures.
The religious body also said medical workers treating Covid-19 patients are exempt from fasting during Ramadan “if they fear that fasting could lead
to weakening their immunity or to losing their patients”.
The UAE has confirmed 6,781 positive cases of the novel coronavirus, including 41 deaths.
The move to suspend Ramadan prayers came just days after Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti decreed all Muslims must pray nightly Ramadan Taraweeh and
Eid prayers at home if the
novel coronavirus disease persists.
“Ramadan’s Taraweeh (evening) prayer can be performed at home if it cannot be performed at mosques due to the preventive measures taken to fight the spread of coronavirus,” Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Sheikh said.