۲۹ مهر ۱۳۹۹ | Oct 20, 2020
News Code: 360294
18 April 2020 - 22:15
COVID-19 affecting Ramadan traditions in Indonesia

With just one week before the holy month, Indonesia reported more than 5,000 cases of coronavirus and the number continues to rise.

Hawzah News Agency (Jakarta - Indonesia) - Muslims will most likely spend Ramadan very differently than usual.

With just one week before the holy month, Indonesia reported more than 5,000 cases of coronavirus and the number continues to rise.

The Ministry of Religious Affairs issued guidelines earlier this month for prayers during the fasting month and for Eid al-Fitr 1441 Hijri amid the pandemic.

Worshippers are advised to have sahur, or pre-fast meal, and iftar -- the fast breaking dinner, individually or with family.

Special night prayers called tarawih, and Quran recital should also be performed at home.

Eid prayers at the end of the month which are commonly held in massive open spaces, mosques, or fields were canceled.

Istiqlal Mosque’s public relation and protocol division head Abu Hurairah said the biggest mosque in southeast Asian is no longer open for service.

“We will not hold congregational prayers for the time being,” he told, and explained the decision was made to support the government in preventing the spread of the virus.

The mosque can accommodate 10,000 to 15,000 worshippers every night for tarawih. And accommodate as many as 120,000 to 150,000 worshippers during the Eid prayer.

“We are facing an unprecedented situation. Maybe we can only hope for a miracle so things can return to normal soon,” Hurairah added.

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