Faithful gather at the Martyr Mosque for prayers. File
Syed Shayaan Bakht, Staff Reporter
The faithful thronged mosques and places of worship across the UAE on Wednesday after the authorities opened it with strict guidelines and measures.
Videos showed residents attending the morning and afternoon prayers with social distancing.
The decision was taken to restore normalcy in lives of residents after months of restrictions to curb the spread of coronavirus in the country.
Sharjah residents gathered at the mosques designated for prayers after the restrictions were lifted on Wednesday.
In Dubai, the Al-Rashidiya Grand Mosque received worshippers during the noon prayers with precautionary measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
A video showed Dhuhr prayer at the Al-Shuhada Mosque in Fujairah after the worshippers returned to the mosques in a pleasant spiritual atmosphere after a closure that lasted for more than 100 days.
Worshippers also gathered for the noon prayer at the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Ajman.
In Ras Al Khaimah, faithful returned to the mosques for Fajr prayer with commitment to preventive measures.
NCEMA spokesperson Dr Saif Al Dhaheri said, said, “As a continuation of the precautionary measures, mosques will not be open for Friday prayers. Also, certain mosques located in industrial areas, labour residential areas, shopping malls and public parks will remain closed until further notice.”
The authorities said, “Negligence and recklessness of individuals will jeopardise the efforts of the first line of defence and the efforts of institutions who have worked tirelessly to protect the health and safety of the nation.”
Worshippers are obligated to read the Qur’an through their personal electronic devices, use a single prayer mat and download the Al Hosn application to their smartphones.
Four detainees of different nationalities embraced Islam before the judicial authority at the Dibba Al Hisn and Al Dhaid police stations in the presence of a number of officials.
The Health Ministry said that social distancing and precautionary measures would be applicable.
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