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Imran Mojib, Special Correspondent
In line with the directives of Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management, the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department in Dubai (IACAD) has announced a set of mandatory precautionary guidelines for worshipers attending prayers in mosques during the Holy Month of Ramadan.
The Department said that Isha and Taraweeh prayers can be performed in mosques, provided worshippers continue to observe precautionary guidelines, including wearing of face masks and maintaining physical distancing.
Isha prayers will be held five minutes after the azan.
The maximum duration of both prayers in mosques has been capped at 30 minutes.
The guidelines state that worshippers praying in mosques must bring their own prayer mats.
While at the mosque, worshippers should strictly avoid handshakes and any other physical greetings that breach 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 the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department in Dubai, said ensuring the health and safety of the community is one of the Department’s highest priorities.
Taraweeh prayers in mosques will be performed in accordance with emirate-wide precautionary measures and specific guidelines for praying in mosques.
"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,” he said.
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 to continue maintaining a strong COVID-19 precautionary regime.
Lectures and seminars in mosques remain suspended. However, worshipers have the option to virtually attend lectures. At mosques, worshippers are also advised to read the Quran through smart devices.
Al Shaibani said that 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.
Organising Ramdan, Iftar and donation tents and Iftar tables is strictly prohibited, he noted.
Donations should be channeled through accredited charity organisations in Dubai.
Iftar meals are not allowed inside mosques, and the duration of the Isha and Tarawih prayers will be limited to 30 minutes maximum.
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