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    During Ramadan, Dubai has provided a set of mandatory rules for worshippers attending mosque prayers.

    In Dubai, the Islamic Affairs & Charitable Activities Department said that Isha and Taraweeh petitions could be held in mosques if admirers follow prudent rules. For example, wearing face covers and keeping actual distance, as coordinated by Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management.

    In mosques, the maximum time of both prayers has been set at 30 minutes.

    Worshippers in mosques must carry their prayer mats, according to the rules. Worshippers should stop handshakes and all other physical greetings that violate physical distancing protocols when at the mosque. They must also keep a respectful space between themselves and other worshippers, as shown by floor stickers.


    The Director-General of IACAD, Dr Hamad Al Sheikh Ahmed Al Shaibani, stated that maintaining the community’s health and welfare is one of the Department’s top priorities.

    Taraweeh prayers will be held in mosques in compliance with emirate-wide safety precautions and basic instructions for praying in mosques.

    Dr Al Shaibani said, “Crowding in mosques or their precincts is strictly forbidden.” “Prayers would last the same amount of time as previously announced. Isha and Taraweeh prayers, on the other hand, are limited to 30 minutes (including Azan and Iqama). Mosques will be closed as soon as Taraweeh prayers are finished.”

    Ramadan worshippers’ recommendations are part of steps guided by Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management, led by Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to ensure a strict COVID-19 precautionary regime, according to Al Shaibani.

    Mosque lectures and conferences have been halted. Worshippers, on the other hand, will virtually attend seminars. Worshippers are also encouraged to read the Quran using intelligent devices in mosques.

    Before making a statement on Qiyam-ul-lay (late night prayers) held during the last ten days of Ramadan, Al Shaibani said the Department would assess the situation. In this respect, the Supreme Committee will update its recommendations. He mentioned that putting up Ramadan, Iftar, and donation tents and tables is strictly forbidden. Dubai’s approved charitable organisations can make donations.

    The following are the general rules for praying in mosques:

    • The mosque will stay open from the time of azan until the close of mandatory prayer; 
    • Isha and Taraweeh prayers in mosques will be limited to 30 minutes.
    • Isha prayers will take place five minutes after the azan, with the mosque doors remaining open from the start of the azan to the close of mandatory congregational prayer.
    • It is not allowed to pray a second congregational prayer or pray alone after the main prayers have been completed; 
    • worshippers must stop crowding.
    • After the prayers, both mosques will close immediately.
    • It is rigidly prohibited to spread food or any other objects, such as face masks, at the mosque’s entrance.
    • People with weakened immune systems or chronic diseases should avoid praying in mosques and avoiding crowds.
    • During Ramadan, intensive checks will be carried out to ensure strict adherence to preventive protocols, with violators facing fines.

    During Ramadan, all mosques in Dubai will be sterilised daily, according to Al Shaibani, to ensure the highest degree of protection and prevention in the city.

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