Islamic holy sites, including Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia and Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, may be empty during Islam’s holy month of Ramadan after authorities say people should pray at home due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Saudi Arabia’s highest religious authority asked people to offer their daily Taraweeh evening Ramadan prayers from home to avoid the usual large mosque gatherings, according to the Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs on Friday.
The Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem, Islam's third holiest place, will also remain closed during Ramadan, the Jerusalem Islamic Waqf Council said Thursday.
Egypt and Jordan will also be banning prayers in mosques during Ramadan, according to governmental statements.
Arab countries are bracing for Islam’s holy month of Ramadan during which Muslims may not eat or drink during daylight hours with increased prayers in mosques and more frequent large family gatherings.
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