Morocco’s Supreme Scientific Council made similar announcements during Ramadan and Eid Al Fitr to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Rabat – Morocco’s Ministry of Islamic Affairs announced on Friday its decision to prohibit Eid Al Adha prayers at mosques as part of the preventive measures to contain the spread of COVID-19.
The ministry said that the measures in place amid the pandemic do not “allow Eid Al-Adha prayers to be held in prayer halls and mosques.” The statement urged Moroccans to perform the prayers at homes.
The statement explained that sermons are not a condition in the prayers, emphasizing that the time for prayers is half an hour after the sun rises.
Moroccans will celebrate Eid Al Adha on July 31.
Traditionally, Muslims gather together at prayer halls surrounding mosques called “Musala.” With COVID-19, the atmosphere of Eid Al Adha will be unprecedented because of the firm and strict preventive measures in place to contain the virus.
Morocco re-opened 5,000 mosques on July 15 as part of the gradual lockdown easing strategy. The total number of mosques in Morocco exceeds 52,000.
Morocco’s Supreme Scientific Council made similar decisions during Ramadan and Eid Al Fitr.
During Ramadan, worshippers had to perform daily and Taraweeh prayers at home due to COVID-19. Moroccans also performed Eid Al Fitr prayers at home. Mosques have been closed since March 16.