Mosques in Germany to re-open for partial prayers under strict conditions on May 9th after being closed down by authorities due to coronavirus outbreak.
Germany’s umbrella Muslim group Coordination Council of Muslims just announced the decision which was hailed by country’s 5 million-strong Muslim community as Islamic world has been observing the Holy Month of Ramadan. There are strict conditions attached to the decision though. Congregations initially will only be allowed to gather for morning, midday and evening prayers leaving mosques closed for the remaining two prayers. Muslims will be able to recite the Holy Quran as well inside the mosques as they will have to follow the social distance rule.
Mosques, however, will be closed for Friday and Tarawih prayers which gather large crowds. Tarawih prayers performed by Muslims at night after breaking the fast during the holy month of Ramadan. Muslim community is happy with the initial opening but hope to have the chance to hold Tarawih and Friday prayers before Ramadan ends.
Turkish Islamic Milli Gorus or IGMG one of the largest German-Muslim NGOs which oversees around 700 mosques through out Germany sent out set of rules that needs to followed by the congregations inside the mosques. The rules include keeping identification records of every visitors for one month and staying at least 1,5 meters apart from each other.