Saudi lockdown Eid-Guidelines

More media reports on Eid Prayers,

Eid, which marks the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, may fall on Saturday or Sunday in the Gulf region.

Saudi Islamic Affairs Minister Abdullatif al-Sheikh gave instructions not to have Eid prayers in mosques, Saudi state TV quoted him as saying.

“Muslims will hold the Eid prayer at home because of the pandemic,” the Saudi Press Agency cited Sheikh Abdul Bari al-Thubaiti, the imam, or the prayer leader, of the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina, as saying in the Friday sermon.

During Ramadan, prayers without worshippers were held by the imams in the two holy mosques of Mecca and Medina, in the west of the kingdom.

In the UAE, the Dubai government’s media office said on Twitter that mosques will remain closed, and listed a series of Eid customs that should not be observed, including family visits and giving gifts or money to children.

Saudia Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have announced that the Shawwal moon has not been sighted and, therefore, Eid-ul-Fitr would be celebrated on Sunday, Gulf media reported on Friday.

According to a report in Jeddah-based Okaz paper, the moon-sighting committee that met today announced that Saturday, May 23, would be the last day of Ramadan, while Sunday, May 24, would be the first day of Eid — Shawwal 1, 1441.

Meanwhile, the UAE would also celebrate Eid on Sunday as the moon-sighting committee set up by the justice ministry announced that the moon was not sighted and Shawwal 1 would fall on Sunday, May 24.

The newspaper also reported that countries including Indonesia, Turkey, Indonesia, and Qatar would also observe Eid on Sunday

Shawal moon is reportedly as sighted in Saudi Arabia. Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated there tomorrow on May 23, Saturday or on Monday 24,Sunday. Media await official announcement of Eid.

Coinciding with the Eid festivities, Saudi Arabia has announced 24 hour lockdown and curfew in the country.

The Saudi Ministry of Interior had earlier announced that strict lockdown will be imposed from 23rd to 27th of May during the upcoming Eid holidays to mitigate the impact of Covid-19.

Harsher fines have been announced and the Saudi govt said that the violators will be penalized . While social gatherings are a common tradition during Eid celebrations, authorities have urged people to adhere to social distancing measures to prevent the coronavirus from spreading. Gathering of more than one family has also been prohibited.

Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz al-Sheikh was quoted by the local media earlier this week saying that it permissible for Muslims to perform the Eid al-Fitr prayer at home since the coronavirus pandemic has forced mosques around the world to close.

Instances of Covid-19 has been on the rise in Saudi Arabia . More than 67000 cases have already been registered in the Kingdom.

Saudi authorities have asked the residents to follow the prescribed regulations to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the country

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