ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has temporarily suspended Friday Jummah prayers, special Ramadan prayers and all congregational activities in all mosques in the country while only allowing a maximum of 25 persons for the five-time daily prayers.
The Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs Department said in a circular issued today that in view of the rapid spread of COVID-19 infections, the Wakfs Board took this decision on the advice of the country’s health authorities.
All special prayers and congregational activities during the ongoing Ramadan month such as Taraveeh prayers, Bayan, Qiyamul Lail, I’thikaf and Thowbah prayers have thus been suspended, the statement said.
These are special prayers and activities only observed during the Ramadan (fasting) month of Muslims.
Meanwhile, mosques in isolated areas will be closed until further notice, the board noted.
Other compulsory measures include wearing a face mask inside the mosque and maintaining a 1-metre distance, using one’s own mat and taking ablution at home.
Mosque trustees or persons in charge are advised to keep the mosque closed if the measures are not practical or are strictly not complied, the statement said. (Colombo/Apr29/2021)