Eid prayers without restrictions in 14 Arab countries (report)

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14 Arab countries have decided to allow Eid al-Fitr prayers, which fall mostly on Monday, in mosques and squares without health restrictions linked to the Corona virus, while the Sultanate of Oman stipulated obtaining the vaccine.

This came according to official data for those countries, while Eid al-Fitr officially falls on Monday in 17 countries, including Saudi Arabia, while 5 countries are expected to announce the Sultanate of Oman, Jordan, Morocco, Djibouti and the Comoros Islands, on Sunday.

During the past two years, the Eid al-Fitr prayer witnessed restrictions due to Corona measures, which amounted to restricting its stay in homes, but with its lifting in some countries and easing in others, it is being held this year with a remarkable expansion and without restrictions for the first time in two years.

First: restrictions and bans

In the Sultanate of Oman, the Omani Supreme Committee to confront the virus decided, in a statement, “to limit attendance (in mosques) for Eid al-Fitr prayers to recipients of the vaccine, in addition to banning greeting gatherings and collective celebrations of Eid.”

Thus, prayers will not be held in the squares, and it is required for those who enter mosques to be vaccinated.

Second: a remarkable expansion

On the other hand, the Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs decided to hold Eid prayers in mosques and squares, in a decision that is the first of its kind in two years, coinciding with the lifting of Corona restrictions on the country recently.

The decision is applied in various parts of the Kingdom, and it excludes the chapels in the governorates that witness rain during prayer time.

Kuwait and Bahrain also decided to allow Eid al-Fitr prayers to be performed in mosques and squares, according to the decision of the Kuwaiti Minister of Islamic Affairs, Issa Al-Kandari, and the Bahraini Sunni Endowments Administration.

And the Islamic Affairs Authority in the Emirates decided to hold Eid al-Fitr prayers in mosques and chapels prepared for this, and to enable worshipers “to perform it with all comfort and spirituality” while adhering to physical distancing and wearing a mask.

In Egypt, the Ministry of Awqaf decided to allow Eid prayers in major mosques, and to open women’s chapels there, with more than 600 squares equipped and allowing children to accompany them.

The Qatari Endowments also announced the performance of Eid prayers in mosques and chapels (in squares), estimated at 250 in various parts of the country.

In Jordan, the Ministry of Endowments announced that Eid al-Fitr prayers will be held in mosques where Friday prayers are held, in addition to the 852 chapels in public squares, “to revive the Prophet’s Sunnah.”

On Sunday, the Palestinian Endowments announced, on its Facebook page, the establishment of Eid prayers in mosques, without announcing any health restrictions, while the Gaza Endowments identified 189 places between public squares and chapels.

The Libyan Endowment Authority also decided to perform Eid prayers in public squares in all cities and regions of the country, without restrictions

Eid prayers will be held in Lebanon and Sudan in mosques and their squares, without any exceptional health measures.

In Algeria, Eid prayers are usually held in mosques annually, and are performed in some squares in some areas of the south of the country, without measures regarding Corona, especially with the end of the distance in mosques weeks ago.

In Iraq, Eid prayers are held in mosques, without health restrictions, according to the Anatolia correspondent.

In Tunisia, the Minister of Religious Affairs, Ibrahim Al-Shaibi, confirmed in radio statements, that “the Eid prayer will be held in principle this year inside mosques”, with the consideration of its establishment in the appropriate squares in the coming years, without declaring any health restrictions.

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