Saudi Arabia’s highest religious body, the Council of Senior Scholars, urged Muslims worldwide to hope reception during Ramadan if their countries require social distancing to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Saudi Arabia’s highest religious body, the Council of Senior Scholars, urged Muslims worldwide to hope reception during Ramadan if their countries require social distancing to curb the spread of the coronavirus, state wire service SPA reported on Sunday.

The holy fasting month of Ramadan begins later in the week. During the month, believers usually break their fast with families and friends and perform a night prayer, referred to as Taraweeh, in large gatherings at mosques.

“Muslims shall avoid gatherings because they’re the most reason for the spread of infection…and shall remember that preserving the lives of individuals could be a great activity that brings them closer to God,” it said in a very statement.

The kingdom’s mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al al-Sheikh on Friday expressed the identical sentiment, saying that Muslim prayers during Ramadan and for the next Eid al-Fitr feast should be performed reception if the coronavirus outbreak continues.

The Saudi government in mid-March stopped people performing their five daily prayers and therefore the weekly Friday prayer inside mosques as a part of efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

Last week, the Prophet’s Mosque within the Heaven of Medina said it absolutely was banning events that dispense evening meals within the mosque to those in need during Ramadan to interrupt their daily fast.