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Moscow Muslims to celebrate Eid al-Adha under new circumstances

Moscow, July 18, 2020 

Mufti of Muslim Religious Administration of Moscow and the Central Region “Moscow Muftiyat” and the chairman of Muslim Religious Administration of the Chuvash Republic, Albir Hazrat Krganov, told “MK” that the celebration of Eid al-Adha this year will be held with certain restrictions in Moscow and in the regions as well.

It is obvious now that mosques will not accommodate all the worshippers, as the believers have to hold social distance

“During the feast of Eid al-Adha, believers must observe the precautions recommended by Rospotrebnadzor: hold the distance of 1.5 meters from each other, have a mask, gloves and personal prayer rug”, mufti noted.

All mosques in Moscow and the Sokolniki Park will hold festive prayers early in the morning on the day of Eid al-Adha. Due to the epidemiological situation, the Muslim clergy of the region urged the fellow-believers not to attend collective prayers and family meals, rather perform prayers at home. They say that four mosques situated in Moscow cannot accommodate everyone.

Muslim organizations of Russia recommend local Muslim communities to hold collective prayers in the open air, as well as to shorten the sermon time in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection in the regions.

In recent years, Muslim religious organizations proposed to hold festive prayers outside the mosques, on specially designated temporary areas. We have sent a request to the Moscow Mayor’s Office for holding festive prayer in Sokolniki Park, where it has been held for the last 9 years. We are waiting for an answer”, mufti Krganov added.


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