Implementing a set of preventive measures to preserve the health of the worshipers

Allow Friday prayers to be held in mosques from 4 December

The ritual and religious affairs sector approved precautionary measures to reduce the number of injuries.


The periodic media briefing of the UAE government on the developments of the health situation and the efforts of the various state institutions to limit the spread of the new Corona virus (Covid-19) announced that Friday prayers will be allowed in mosques from December 4, 2020, while adhering to a wide range of preventive measures aimed at ensuring The health and safety of worshipers, provided that the capacity of mosques is limited to 30%.

The spokesperson for the briefing, Dr. Omar Abdul Rahman Al Hammadi, reviewed the statistics and figures that reflect the health situation during the week from 18 to 24 November, which refer to 791,519 examinations conducted at the state level during this period, and an increase of 2% in confirmed cases. Bringing the number to 8556 cases.

Based on these data, the rate of positive cases from the total number of tests remains at 1%, and thus the rate is the lowest compared to the European Union (11.3%), the Middle East and North Africa region (6.7%), and the OECD countries (7.8%) .

The same week witnessed an increase in recovery cases by 14%, to a total of 5614 cases, while the total number of deaths reached 21 cases.

In contrast, the death rate decreased to 0.3% for the first time since the beginning of the detection of deaths due to "Covid-19" in the country, which is one of the lowest rates in the world, compared to both the European Union (2.3%) and the Middle East and North Africa (2.5%). And OECD countries (2.6%).

For his part, the spokesperson of the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority, Dr. Saif Al Dhaheri, revealed the developments related to the reopening of mosques and places of worship, stressing that due to the requirements of the public interest in dealing with the "Covid-19" pandemic, and the need for all parties to cooperate in addressing For this disease and limiting its spread, the Emirates Council for Sharia Fatwa issued a fatwa stating that full adherence to all health and regulatory instructions issued by the competent authorities in the country, in addition to taking all necessary measures to prevent the transmission and spread of the disease, is a Sharia duty, and it is not permissible to violate them in any case.

Al Dhaheri announced the opening of mosques for Friday prayers, starting from December 4, 2020, stressing that this important step was taken after state institutions had thoroughly studied the stage of the return of religious activity in places of worship.

He explained that the worship and religious affairs sector approved a number of precautionary measures aimed at reducing the rate of injuries in the sector, with a commitment to providing periodic checks for its workers, pointing out that the commitment of worshipers during the last period contributed to reaching this stage of a gradual return to normal life.

He stressed that the reopening of mosques requires commitment from everyone, and that self-responsibility will contribute to limiting the spread of the epidemic, and ensuring the health and safety of community members, indicating that sterilization continues on a regular basis, in addition to the presence of volunteer teams, in the coming weeks, to provide support and guidance to those who are not committed. With preventive measures.

Al Dhaheri explained that the precautionary measures in mosques, in addition to the eligible mosques distributed in all the emirates of the country to receive worshipers to perform the Friday prayers, include limiting the capacity of 30%, in addition to allowing prayer in the external squares of the mosque courtyards, while transmitting the sermon with loudspeakers, taking into account the safe distance. To separate the worshipers, which are two meters, and to organize the process of entering and exiting mosques.

With regard to the timing of presence in mosques before and after performing the prayer, Al Dhaheri added that the doors of the mosque will be allowed to open 30 minutes before the sermon, provided that they close 30 minutes after performing the prayer as well.

The duration of the Friday sermon with prayer was limited to no more than 10 minutes, provided that mosque workers and volunteer teams organize the entry and exit of worshipers.

The procedures include the necessity for all worshipers to wear a muzzle, to bring a special carpet for prayer, not to leave it in mosques or to share it with anyone, to continue to lift the Qur’ans and all books, to avoid touching exposed surfaces and door handles, to adhere to and maintain the instructional stickers for the distance and to avoid crowding.

He also noted the need to adhere to reading the Qur’an from the personal Qur’an or from smart devices, in addition to downloading the health follow-up applications approved in the country and activating them while attending the mosque.

Al-Dhaheri explained that these precautionary measures for worshipers apply to the five daily prayers, the necessity of performing ablution at home, and avoiding the attendance of senior citizens, residents, children, people with chronic diseases, those suffering symptoms of respiratory diseases, and all those suffering from weak immunity, and they are permitted based on a fatwa from the Emirates Council for Sharia Fatwa Performing the prayer at home and performing the noon prayer instead of Friday.

Al Dhaheri announced that, to ensure the health and safety of the community, ablution places, toilets, women's prayer areas, and refrigerators will continue to be closed, and chapels and mosques on external roads and industrial areas will continue to be closed, and he also announced that the timing of the five daily prayers will be modified so that it is 15 minutes before residency and 10 minutes after prayer. With the exception of the Maghrib prayer, it is determined five minutes before the residency.

16 million checks

Dr. Omar Al Hammadi affirmed that the UAE, under its wise leadership, has succeeded in dealing with the pandemic, and, over the past months, has covered stories of successes and accomplishments, and listed a set of factors on top of which is the expansion of laboratory tests, which reached nearly 16 million examinations until Today, the allocation of a large number of medical centers, field hospitals and inspection centers from vehicles, support for the strategic stockpile of medicine, and referred to the efforts to support the scientific and research sector in the country, which had a great role that helped the health sector adopt modern techniques for detection, investigation and treatment, including the adoption of The technique of using laser beams to detect cases, establishing the largest laboratory for diagnosing "corona" in the world outside China, in addition to supportive treatment by stem cells, leading to participation in clinical trials of a promising vaccine that has reached its last stages and has proven its effectiveness.

The capacity of mosques is 30%, and prayer is allowed in the external squares.

Opening the doors of the mosque 30 minutes before the sermon, and closing 30 minutes after performing the prayer.

Emirates Fatwa: Compliance with health and regulatory instructions is a Sharia obligation, and it is not permissible to violate them.

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