Ramadan begin

Muslim devotees in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf countries ushered in the Holy month of Ramadan yesterday without any mass gatherings and prayers in a bid to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

All the mosques in Saudi Arabia and UAE remained closed and the followers offered their customary prayers at home including the prayers of Taraweeh.

UAE Ministry of Presidential Affairs, MoPA, in coordination with the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments, GAIAE, said that Taraweeh prayers would be streamed live from the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque on official television channels and radio stations in the country throughout the holy month.

MoPA and GAIAE said that it has been decided that Taraweeh prayers will be confined to the Imam and two worshippers, taking into full consideration all precautionary and preventative measures adopted by the relevant authorities to contain the pandemic.

These measures include the regular screening of worshippers praying Taraweeh for COVID-19. Worshippers must also wear facemasks and gloves to ensure their safety.

In Saudi Arabia, the Grand Mosque Mecca was also largely empty of worshippers on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan today as authorities closed the holy site as part of measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

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