Dubai Prepares To Reopen Mosques With Additional Precautions

by Vaishnavi Venkataraman
Dubai Prepares To Reopen Mosques With Additional Precautions

After beaches, parks and cinemas, Dubai is now prepping to reopen mosques in the city. Although an official date has not been announced, detailed guidelines and precautions have been rolled out for worshippers. Some of the mosques have also placed posters of detailed guidelines that worshippers must adhere to when the mosques open.

As per the guidelines, the ladies prayer rooms will continue to remain closed. It also added that people above the age of 60 and children (below 12 years) will not be allowed to come to the mosques for prayers for their own safety.

Rules Worshippers Must Adhere To

– The worshippers should leave an empty row gap between every two rows.
– Worshippers must leave 1.5m gap between every two person.
– It is mandatory for all worshippers to wear gloves and masks.
– All worshippers must bring their own prayer mat
– No handshakes allowed, worshippers can just wave at each other and say Salaam from a distance
– The worshippers shall not assemble before or after prayer.
– No second Jamaah (Congregation) or praying alone separately after the completion of Fard prayer behind Imam.
– Everyone must leave the masjid as soon as the obligatory prayer in congregation is over.
– Those in contact with Covid-19 patients should not enter the masjid to ensure safety of other worshippers.
– People above 60, children below 12 years and those suffering from chronic diseases or have weak immunity should not come to masjid for prayers for their own safety.

Prayer Rules

– Face masks and gloves must not be left at the entrance of the mosque
– Ladies prayer halls shall remain closed until further notice
–  The masjid shall remain open only for 20 minutes from the time of azan until the end of obligatory prayer in congregation
– The obligatory prayer shall be performed immediately after azan
– The majsid will be closed soon after each congregational prayer
– All kinds of distribution, be it food or anything else, is strictly prohibited.
– The doors of the mosque should be kept open from the beginning of the azan until the end of prayer.
–  Bathrooms and ablution areas shall remain closed until further notice

The UAE announced the suspension of prayers in public places on 16 March for four weeks. Later, on 9 April the UAE announced closure of all mosques and places of worship until further notice.