Bahrain’s Al Fateh Mosque Re-Opens Mosque For Friday Prayer

by Vaishnavi Venkataraman
Bahrain’s Al Fateh Mosque Re-Opens Mosque For Friday Prayer

The Minister of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments in Bahrain announced that the Al Fateh Mosque will reopen for Friday prayers. However, only the imam and five people will perform the prayers.

Shaikh Khalid bin Ali Al Khalifa said: “”Al Fateh Mosque will be opened for Friday prayers by the imam and a limited number of no more than five people with the obligation to wear masks and under the supervision of the competent health authorities. The aim is to broadcast the sermon through audio-visual media and enable listeners and viewers to benefit from it.”

The decision was taken in consultation with the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs and the national medical team. The Council said there was no problem in re-opening the mosque provided there are not more than five people inside. In addition, those visiting, must maintain at least two meters distance, as well as wear a face mask.

On 10 March, mosques suspended Friday prayers to combat the current scenario. The council earlier said that human gatherings are a cause for infection and hence suspended Friday prayers.

What Else?

In other news, Muslims keen to visit Makkah this year can do so without leaving their homes! All you need to do is download the virtual reality app called Experience Makkah.

This year, you can visit Makkah without boarding a plane. A virtual reality app called Experience Makkah is making this possible, thank to technology. A new version of the app will release on 23 April, which is expected to be the first day of Ramadan this year. The app uses 3D modeling, providing an immersive experience to all users. Users can take a stroll around the religion site, hear the call to prayer, stand next to the sacred Kaaba and interact with other virtual pilgrims.

This year, with social distancing and self-isolation rules in place, this app will help people to not miss out on the religious festivities.