Ramadan 2021: Dubai announces guidelines for praying in mosques
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Ramadan 2021: Dubai announces guidelines for praying in mosques

Ramadan 2021: Dubai announces guidelines for praying in mosques

Maximum duration of Isha and Taraweeh prayers in mosques is capped at 30 minutes

A set of mandatory guidelines for worshippers attending prayers across mosques in Dubai during the holy month of Ramadan, have been announced.

The Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department in Dubai (IACAD) said that Isha and Taraweeh prayers can be performed in mosques, as long as worshippers observe precautionary guidelines, including wearing of face masks and maintaining physical distancing.

Al Shaibani further said that the guidelines for worshippers during Ramadan are part of measures directed by Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management. All mosques in Dubai will be frequently sterilised throughout the day during Ramadan to ensure safety and prevention, he added.

The maximum duration of both prayers in mosques has been capped at 30 minutes. Worshippers praying in mosques must bring their own prayer mats, and must strictly avoid handshakes and any other physical greetings that breaches physical distancing protocols. They must also maintain a safe distance from other worshippers as guided by floor stickers.

Dr. Hamad Al Sheikh Ahmed Al Shaibani, director general of IACAD, said: “Crowding in the mosques or its precincts is strictly prohibited. The duration of prayers remains the same as previously announced. However, Isha and Taraweeh prayers are capped at 30 minutes (including Azan and Iqama). Mosques will be closed immediately after Taraweeh prayers are completed.”

Lectures and seminars in mosques remain suspended. However, worshippers have the option to virtually attend lectures. Worshippers are also advised to read the Quran through smart devices inside the mosques.

The department will evaluate the situation before making a decision on Qiyam-ul-layl (late night prayers) performed during the last ten days of Ramadan. The Supreme Committee will be updating its guidelines in this regard, official news agency WAM reported.

Organising Ramdan, Iftar and donation tents and Iftar tables is strictly prohibited. Donations should be channeled through accredited charity organisations in Dubai.

Meanwhile, general guidelines for praying in mosques include: –

  • The mosque will remain open from the time of azan until the end of obligatory prayer.
  • Maximum duration of Isha and Taraweeh prayers in mosques is capped at 30 minutes.
  • Isha prayers will be held five minutes after the azan.
  • The mosque’s doors will be kept open from the beginning of the azan until the end of congregational obligatory prayer.
  • Performing a second congregational prayer or praying alone after the completion of main prayers is not permitted; worshippers must avoid crowding.
  • All mosques will close immediately after the prayers.
  • The distribution of food or any other items such as face masks at the entrance of the mosque is strictly prohibited.
  • Individuals with chronic illnesses or compromised immunity are advised not to pray in mosques and avoid crowds.
  • Intensive inspections will be conducted to ensure strict adherence to precautionary guidelines during Ramadan; violators will face penalties.

The UAE reported 1,883 Covid-19 cases on April 7, raising the nationwide toll to 476,019.

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