As cautious as they should be, Muslim worshippers were seen outside their houses in large numbers to go to mosques, to perform the weekly Friday prayers, for the first time in five months, after they were banned from praying in mosques over coronavirus.
After five months of almost total suspension of Muslim’s Friday prayer due to spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouli said big mosques that can maintain coronavirus preventive measures can receive worshippers for the Friday prayer starting August 28.
As for marriage and baptism ceremonies, only six to seven people will attend to ensure that the virus will not spread among the attendees
A 150-centimeter distance among worshippers is applied inside the mosques nationwide.
A number of large mosques in governorates with low infection rates will re-open for worshippers under certain conditions.
The Lebanese authorities decided to reopen mosques only for performing Friday prayers as of May 22 while taking all the preventive measures against coronavirus.
Gomaa on Tuesday denied reports circulated on social media sites that his ministry intends to re-open mosques in the coming days.
Once the virus is contained, the mosques will be immediately opened, he said during a phone call on Extra News channel.
The violation of the decision of suspension is religiously considered a “sin” that requires accountability.
The ministry also suspended Friday prayer and other congregational prayers.
Five days ago, the Grand Imam issued a fatwa [Islamic decision] saying that the cancellation Friday prayer and all congregational prayers are permissible amid the current health crisis.
A high turnout has been witnessed at mosques across Cairo Friday night, where prayers seek observing Laylat al-Qadr.
The massacre by at least one gunman during Friday prayers in the city of Christchurch is the country's worst ever mass shooting and was condemned throughout Asia.
The timing of the shootings in the city of Christchurch, during Friday prayers, and the posting on social media of what appeared to be live, point-of-view video footage of the assault by a gunman added to the distress of many.
"I can confirm that the individual who was taken into custody I have been advised is an Australian-born citizen," Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.
The government has applied an experimental airing of the unified Adhan (prayer call) in 113 mosques in Cairo.
Port Said celebrates its National Day on 23 December.
Egypt is on the road to renewing the religious discourse after all mosques have been placed under the Awqaf’s authority, according to Mohammad Mukhtar Jumaa, the minister of awqaf (endowments).
The female preachers will deliver regular sermons on women, children and family affairs for female worshipers.
As Ramadan is knocking on doors, the loudspeakers fuss is expected to be revived during the holy month.