(MENAFN – Khaleej Times) Mosques across the UAE hosted the first socially distanced Friday prayers called Jumuah on December 4.
The prayers were offered after a gap of 37 weeks. Mosques took in 30 per cent of its capacity on the day, as worshippers turned up wearing masks and clutching their own prayer mats.
The sermon delivered on the day touched on the importance of being thankful. Imams hailed and thanked the authorities for resuming the Friday prayers amid strict safety measures.
Mosques were first closed in March as a precautionary measure against the spread of Covid-19. They had reopened for the five daily prayers in July, but Friday prayers remained suspended.
Dr Faris Al Musthafa, Imam shares his thoughts after the first Friday Prayers
Dubai resident Taimur Javed shares his thoughts after the first prayers.
Sermon ends, prayer begins. The Friday prayer sermon has ended and the worshippers have taken position to begin the prayer.
The sermon and prayer combined is expected to last 10 minutes, as mandated by the authorities.
The Friday prayer sermon has begun across mosques in the UAE
Friday Prayers at Omar bin Al Khattab Mosque begin
UAE Friday prayers live: Sermon begins
The Friday prayer sermon has begun across mosques in the UAE. Imams have stepped up to the pulpit to deliver the sermon. The sermon and prayer combined is expected to last 10 minutes, as mandated by the authorities.
Volunteers are guiding the worshippers to the outside courtyard, as Omar bin Al Khattab Mosque in Dubai has hit capacity
Worshippers take their assigned places in the mosque, maintain 1.5-metre distance. The call to prayer has been sounded.
The call for the Friday prayers was given out at mosques across the country at 12.12pm on December 4. The Azan was made after a gap of eight months.
Mosques across the #UAE have not hosted the #Juma prayer for the last 37 Fridays. They were suspended as mosques and other places of worship were closed in March as a precautionary measure against the spread of Covid.
The main prayer hall at the Omar Bin Al Khattab mosque, Dubai is reaching its mandated 30 per cent capacity – minutes before the start of the Friday sermon.
Usually stacked with copies of the Holy Quran, shelves at mosques are seen empty. Physical copies of the holy book are not kept at the mosques to prevent the risk of infection spread.
First batch of faithful arrive at Abu Dhabi’s Fatima bint Jamaal mosque to attend a Friday prayer after almost 8 months
Usually stacked with copies of the Holy Quran, shelves at mosques are seen empty. Physical copies of the holy book are not kept to prevent the risk of infection spread. Instead, worshippers are encouraged to get their own copies or use digital means.
Worshippers arrive after 8 months in mosques
Devotees arrive at Al Farooq Omar bin Al Khatab Mosque
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