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Temporary ban on congregational prayers at mosques

The All-Ceylon Jamiathul Ulama (ACJU) has directed all the mosques throughout the island not to hold congregational prayers such as five times daily prayers as well as Friday Jumma prayers as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 which has already affected a number of persons in Sri Lanka and around the world.

In a circular addressed to all mosques, further to a press conference held at the ACJU Head Quarters in Colombo on March 15, 2020, All Ceylon Jamiathul Ulama President Asheikh Rizvi Mufthi said that this is a temporary arrangement made in accordance with the instructions of the Ministry of Health to desist from holding mass gatherings in religious places of worship. However, he added that the Imam of the Mosque, muezzin and the caretakers can remain in the mosques but the worshipping places will remain closed for congregational prayers.

Wakf Board under the Muslim Cultural Department controlling mosques - issuing a circular all the Mosque Trustee Board Pointing out that the World Health Organization has classified COVID-19 as a pandemic: “Our moral and religious duty to put the health above personal interests.” requested people to avoid large gatherings, public or private, for the next two weeks. Pray at Home and ask Dua and pray for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic around the world.

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