2020-04-17 18:17:00

Collective prayers in mosques temporarily banned in Tajikistan due to coronavirus situation

Dushanbe, April 17, Interfax - The Council of Ulema of the Islamic Center of Tajikistan has decided to temporarily stop reading namaz in mosques, the religious organization told Interfax on Friday.

"The decree was signed by Saidmukarram Abdulkodirzoda, chair of the Council of Ulema, on Thursday evening. The board of the Council of Ulema banned five daily Friday prayers and taraweehs in the country's mosques and prayer houses from April 18, 2020 until the situation improves. Any meetings - taraweeh, iftar, idgardak and other events - are prohibited in the course of the month of Ramadan," he said.

The decision was made due to the global coronavirus pandemic and in accordance with the experience of the Islamic countries, including Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iran and Pakistan, which have also banned prayers in mosques, he said. Similar measures have been taken in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, he said.

The Council of Ulema called on believers to strictly observe the Tajik Health Ministry's recommendations regarding coronavirus prevention.

According to the Health Ministry, there are no confirmed coronavirus cases in Tajikistan.