İrem UZUN -TDO- Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al al-Sheikh said that Muslim prayers during Ramadan and for the subsequent Eid al-Fitr feast should be performed at home if the coronavirus outbreak continues, Saudi’s Okaz newspaper reported on Friday. “Ramadan’s Taraweeh (evening) prayer can be performed at home if it cannot be performed at mosques due to the preventive measures taken to fight the spread of coronavirus,” the highest religious authority in the country said in response to a question, adding that the same applies for Eid prayers, according to the paper.
Speaking particularly about Taraweeh prayers, the Grand Mufti said that it is not possible to offer them in mosques this year due to the COVID-19 measures, however people can pray in their homes during the holy month. He added that it is proven that Prophet Muhammad offered Qiyam Al-Layl prayers at his home and “it’s no secret that Taraweeh prayer is Sunnah not obligatory”.
About the Eid prayer, Al-Sheikh said that it’s not possible to hold it in open prayer areas and mosques if the situation continues, prayers can pray at home. He cited a previous fatwa issued by Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Iftaa, which states that if a person misses it and wants to make it up, it is desirable that he does it and should pray it in the proper manner but without a sermon following it.