The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia Abdul Aziz Al-Sheikh has issued a decree saying that the Eid prayers could be performed at home under certain conditions.
The decree has been issued at a time when the large religious crowds, congregational prayers which include the Namaz of Eid and Tawad in Haram is banned as a preventive measure to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Besides Saudi Arabia, other Arab nations like Qatar and Syria have also prohibited the Eid-ul-Fitr prayers in congregation.
He also said that the Zakat Al-Fitr could be dismantled via charitable societies, however, it should be given out before Eid.
In the meantime, Sheikh Abdul Salam Abdullah Al Sulaiman has also said that the Eid prayers could be performed on an individual basis or in the congregation. He is a member of the Senior Scholars Council and the Standing Committee of Fatwa.
Telling the details about the method of individual Eid prayers, he said that the first Rakat should be performed in such a way that the worshipper should say takbirs before the recitation of Surah Fateha, after that Surrah Al-Qahf.
The second Rakat would have 5 takbirs at the beginning of the Rakat before reciting Surah Fatiha and after that Surah Al-Qamar, that is ideal as per the traditions.
He also said that it is allowed to offer the Eid prayer after the sun rises, not when the sun is rising. The Fatwa has been issued at a time which is crucial for all the Muslim communities across the world who are facing limitations on the religious gatherings owing to the lockdown conditions imposed because of the coronavirus.