Islamic Ministry has decided against holding mass congregational prayers in Male’ area for Eid al-Adha.
Citing the COVID-19 pandemic as the reason, a media official of the Ministry confirmed to Sun that mass congregational prayers for Eid al-Adha will not be held in Male’ area as well as in islands that are under monitoring mechanisms.
“Nevertheless, mass congregational prayers can be held at islands that are not under monitoring mechanisms,” the media official added.
The media official further explained that even though mass congregational prayers will not be held in Male’ area – Eid prayer can be performed at mosques in congregation with social distancing, in line with the current practice.
Mass congregational prayers for Eid al-Adha were not held in the Male’ area during last year nor this year’s Eid al-Fitr.
Prior to the pandemic, Eid prayers are usually performed in mass congregations at vast spaces such as the Male’ City's Maafannu Stadium area and Hulhumale’ City's Central Park.