Islamic scholars said that they are against banning congregational prayers in mosques to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Maldives.
Many advised Islamic Ministry that it does not make sense to ban congregational prayers when most gatherings are allowed under the new restrictive measures imposed by HPA.
However, the prayers can be made shorter, advised the scholars.
Assistant Professor at Maldives National University (MNU), Mr. Iyaz Abdhul Latheef said even if congregational prayers were banned, it would not have any real effect on the COVID-19 situation in Greater Male’ because of the carelessness of some people to implement appropriate safety measures.
He highlighted the situation in most cafes and restaurants in the Greater Male area as an example where most large gatherings occur without proper safety measures in place.
This is a more severe problem than congregational prayers according to the scholars.
The scholars offered the following solutions to Islamic Ministry instead;
- Praying to start immediately after Ada’n
- Shorter surah to be recited during prayers
- Advise to spend fewer time at the mosque
- Force people with COVID symptoms not to attend prayers in mosques
The number of COVID-19 cases has been rising in the Greater Male’ area despite the vaccination efforts.