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Saudi Arabia’s grand mufti says Ramadan prayers to be held at home

As the number of coronavirus cases in the kingdom surpasses 7,000, the country's grand mufti suspended group prayers in mosques.
Saudis attend prayers marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan in Central Riyadh September 20, 2009. Eid al-fitr marks the end of Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar, during which Muslims around the world abstain from eating, drinking and sexual relations from sunrise to sunset.   REUTERS/Fahad Shadeed    (SAUDI ARABIA RELIGION SOCIETY) - GM1E59K16BL01

Prayers during the month of Ramadan should take place at home, Saudi Arabia’s grand mufti said, as the number of coronavirus cases in the kingdom topped 7,000 on Friday.

The highest religious authority in Saudi Arabia, Grand Mufti Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh, said the evening and Eid al-Fitr prayers will not be held in mosques or large groups this year. 

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