UAE: Eid-Ul-Fitr to be performed at home to ensure safety amid COVID-19 crisis

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Dubai: In United Arab Emirates, Eid-Ul-Fitr will be performed at home, either individually or in a congregation of family members led by the father, without Khutba or sermon, according to the Official Fatwa Centre. Eid prayer is normally performed at mosques and Mussalas, but this year due to the current exceptional circumstances created by the spread of COVID-19.

In a statement released today through the Emirates News Agency, the Official Fatwa Centre said that Eid-Ul-Fitr prayer is a Sunnah Muakkadah (highly-recommended) for settled and able-bodied men, while it is optional, yet recommended for women, under-age children and travellers.

The Fatwa Centre also detailed the means by which the prayer is performed inside the house by an individual worshipper or by a group of family members.

Eid prayer is made of two rak’ahs (bows) but it starts with seven Takbeers (saying Allah Akbar) in the first Rak’ah and six in the second. After Takbeers, the individual worshipper or Imam (prayer leader) must loudly read Surat Al Fatiha, the first chapter in the holy Quran and full or part of verses from another Sura.

This year’s Eid-Ul-Fitr prayer will be performed at home in the UAE to ensure safety, as mosques across the country will remain closed due to the precautionary measures to contain the spread of COVID-19.

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