Thousands of worshippers on Wednesday flocked to around 830 mosques across Kuwait and performed the noon congregational prayers for the first time in about three months.
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The mosques in Kuwait were reopened on 10th June amid strict health precautions including the mandatory wearing of protective face masks by worshippers and the use of personal prayer rugs.
The elderly and those suffering from chronic diseases are advised against praying in mosques while children are banned from going to the mosque. The worshippers are also required to keep a distance of 1.5 metres inside the mosque and to perform the ritual ablution at home before going to the mosque.
Regardless of the restrictions, worshippers rejoiced over the reopening of mosques.
“Thanks are due to Allah for this blessed return,” Mohammad Al Saadi said. “I hope that the Friday prayers will also be allowed even with preventive measures,” he told Al Rai newspaper.
In a gesture of rejoicing over the mosque reopening, 100 sheeps donated by charities were slaughtered, according to Al Rai.
Meanwhile, the Kuwaiti Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs said it had completed preparations for reopening the mosques for group prayers except for the Friday ones.
The Friday prayers will be held only inside the Grand Mosque in Kuwait City starting from this week with the participation of its employees and will be broadcast live on the state television.