Iran has decided to reopen its mosque to facilitate prayer for the holy nights of Laylat al-Qadr.
Iran has been one of the worst virus-hit nations and has taken several measures to stem the spread of the virus including the closing of the mosques.
The Health Minister said that Iran will reopen its mosques for three nights over the next week so that worshippers can pray during one of the holiest times of year.
The reopening has been granted for Laylat al-Qadr-a high point during the fasting month of Ramadan. Laylat al-Qadr marks the occasion when the Koran was revealed to Prophet Mohammed and so is extremely important for the Islamic sentiments.
The Health Minister Saeed Namaki announced the measure by giving a note of caution to the people of the country. He added that worshippers would be allowed to attend mosques and ceremonies for three of the next five nights. Namaki said that the Health Ministry agreed in a meeting to help “organise ceremonies from midnight to 2:00 am during the nights of Qadr”.
He added that the priority of the government is to hold ceremonies outdoors such as in stadiums, so that social distancing is properly observed.