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Bahrain’s mosques re-open for all daily prayers

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Mosques will re-open across Bahrain for all prayers starting today.

The decision is based on the opinions of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs and the recommendations of the National Medical taskforce for Combating the Coronavirus (COVD-19) and following consultations with the Sunni and Jaafari endowments, the Ministry of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments said.

However, the suspension of the Friday prayers has not been lifted, the ministry added.

The ministry stressed the importance of adhering to all precautionary measures, including not to reopen the women’s section and not to allow children, the elderly and those with underlying health conditions, in order to ensure the safety of all and added that decisions would be subject to periodic review based on developments.

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Congregational and Friday prayers were suspended in Bahrain on March 28 after mosques were shut to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

Fajr prayers were allowed back in mosques on August 28, Dhuhr on November 1 and Asr on December 6.

However, prayers and religious events at mosques were suspended on February 11 to protect the elderly in light of spiking infections.

Physically-able Muslims are required to perform five prayers daily in mosques – Fajr (Dawn), Dhuhr (Noon), Asr (Afternoon), Maghreb (Sunset) and Isha (Evening).

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