In Ramadan, worshipers will be able to offer all congregational prayers at mosques after taking necessary precautions, including that of social distancing, to avoid spread of the contagious novel coronavirus during the holy month that is likely to start from Friday, April 24.
- Reading out the SOP, the president said all mosques will remove carpets and clean the floor. However, people would be allowed to bring their prayers mats from home.
- There will be no gathering after congregational prayers – including five times daily prayers, Friday prayers and taraweeh – prayers offered after Isha prayer in Ramazan.
- The prayers will preferably be offered in open courtyards of mosques or a garden.
- People over 50 years of age and children would not be allowed and the worshipers during congregational prayers will stand at 6-feet distance from each other, according to social distancing precaution prescribed by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
- The SOP said taraweeh and other congregational prayers will not be conducted on roads, footpaths and anywhere else other than mosques. It said mosques floors should be washed with chlorinated water regularly and mosques would form committees to ensure people are abiding by the rules and SOPs.
- It recommended painting markers on floors to ensure people follow social distancing rules. It also asked people to perform ablution at home; wear face masks in mosques and avoid handshakes and hugging.
- The president asked people to perform Aitkaf at home. During Aitkaf, worshippers stay in mosque in the last 10 days of Ramazan in order to fully dedicate themselves to worship.
- The SOP said the mosques would not organize mass Sehri and Iftar gathering and that the mosque committees would remain in constant contact with the authorities