The Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs decided to hold Qiyaam prayers in mosques ‘for men only’ during the last ten days of the blessed month of Ramadan this year, just for 30 minutes. The decision issued by the Assistant Undersecretary for the Mosques Sector, Muhammad Al-Mutairi, stated that “the issue of holding the Qiyaam prayer is in line with the requirements of the health authorities in public interest requires, and hence it has been decided to allow performing the Qiyaam prayer for men and to reduce the duration of the prayer as much as possible which the Fatwa Authority limits of 30 minutes, while adhering to the health requirements currently in force in mosques.
The ministry affirmed that the Qiyaam prayer will not be allowed in the following high-density areas such as (Hawalli – Al-Naqra – Hawalli Square – Jleen Al-Shuyoukh – Mahboula) and that the Qiyaam prayer will begin at midnight and will be held in all mosques and the Taraweh prayers also will be held except in the mosques in regions mentioned above. The decision indicates the continuation of performing Taraweh prayers in mosques for men, immediately after the evening prayer for 15 minutes only, while adhering to the health requirements currently in force in mosques, while continuing to close mosques after each prayer, prohibiting i’tikaaf and holding lectures, lessons and other activities. The ministry pointed out the need to limit the worshipers in mosques to men only – no women and children.
All must wear masks, use personal rugs, and adopt physical distancing. Meanwhile, Assistant Undersecretary for Public Security Affairs in the Interior Ministry Major General Faraj Al-Zoubi has stressed the need to facilitate procedures and remove obstacles for worshipers while avoiding direct contact with them — whether they are in their cars or on foot, reports Al-Rai daily. In a circular issued to security directors and district commanders, as well as the security checkpoints and police stations; Al-Zoubi issued a directive to ensure everything is smooth for worshipers until they return to their homes after performing Qiyaam prayers in the last 10 days of Ramadan. Moreover, the ministry appealed to the worshipers to strictly comply with the decision of the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs regarding the conditions for permitting Qiyaam prayers; in addition to prohibiting the performance of these prayers in six areas due to their high population density. These areas are as follows: Hawally, Nugrah, Hawally Square, Salmiya, Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh and Mahboula.