The government of Saudi Arabia has placed a ban on Taraweeh congregations during Ramadan this year. This decision was taken to control the spread of coronavirus.
Earlier the Saudi government prohibited group prayers in mosques. And now this ban on Taraweeh prayers is just an extension of the ban. The government said that this ban will continue until the pandemic is over.
It was announced by the Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance that the Taraweeh prayers will not be permitted during Ramadan 2020. People will have to perform Taraweeh at home.
“The suspension of prayers at mosques would not be lifted until the end of coronavirus.”
Al Riyadh the state newspaper, quoted the minister saying, “The suspension of performing the five daily prayers at mosques is more important than the suspension of Taraweeh prayers. We ask Allah the Almighty to accept Taraweeh prayers whether held at mosques, or homes, which we think is better for people’s health.”
Also, Sheikh Abdul Latif prayed for the protection of humanity from this epidemic. A similar restriction will be applied to the gatherings for funeral prayers
“This is a precaution in line with the instructions of Health Ministry that funeral prayers take place at cemeteries should not exceed five to six of the deceased’s relatives, and the rest pray at their homes.”
Al Sheikh said that the funeral prayers are no above the Farz, this they can be offered individually. As the well being of people is most important, large gatherings must be avoided at all costs.