Egypt allows Eid El-Fitr prayers in mosques, upholds ban on open spaces

Ahram Online , Monday 18 Apr 2022

Egypt will allow Eid El-Fitr prayers to be held in large mosques, however, they will not be held in open spaces, according to regulations issued by the Ministry of Religious Endowments on Monday.

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Traditionally, Eid prayers were held in open spaces due to the large mass of devotees that attend the prayers that are held after sunrise to mark the feast.

Prayers for both Eids — El-Fitr and El-Adha — were banned in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, they have been allowed since last year in large mosques only.

The ministry explained in its statement that social distancing measures are more likely to be applied in a mosque than in an open space.

It also added that open spaces tend to accommodate more people, which increases chances that worshipers may fall victim to a stampede. Mosques, however, are more regulated.

Muslims going to mosques for Eid prayers must wear a mask and adhere to social distancing measures.

Mosques must open their doors half an hour before prayers at most and closed 10 minutes after.

Eid sermons should be delivered within 10 minutes — just like Friday prayers — while sticking to the standard Eid sermon in content.

Women’s prayer areas will also be open.

Eid El-Fitr is set to start on the 2nd of May in Egypt.

This Ramadan, the endowments ministry eased the anti-COVID restrictions that have been in place since 2020 related to mosques and special prayers which were issued last year.

In Ramadan 2021, the ministry allowed in-mosque daily prayers and mass night prayers (Taraweeh) under strict precautionary measures and on the condition that Taraweeh prayers not exceed half-an-hour.

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