Minister of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance Sheikh Dr. Abdullatif Al-Sheikh issued a directive on Tuesday, announcing a number of precautionary measures during the holy month of Ramadan to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the Kingdom.
The new measures, which have been taken by the ministry in coordination with the competent authorities, include the following:
1. Suspension of public Iftar and Suhoor inside mosques or in facilities affiliated with them.
2. Suspension of I’tikaaf (meditative seclusion) in all mosques
3. Expansion of places for the Eid Al-Fitr prayer in all prayer halls, including mosques where Friday prayers are held.
The directive concluded by stating that all matters related to Taraweeh prayers and other prayers in mosques will be decided later.
The directive has been sent to all branches of the ministry in all regions asking mosque employees to ensure the compliance with all precautionary measures.