This is how the Mufti of the Sultanate of Oman, Ahmed Al-Khalili, received the news of the return of Friday prayers in the Sultanate | A homeland tweeting outside the flock

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The Grand Mufti of the Sultanate of Oman, Sheikh Ahmed bin Hamad Al-Khalili, praised the decision of the Omani Ministry of Awqaf and Religious Affairs issued today, Sunday, to reopen mosques to perform Friday prayers, after about a year and a half of preventing their performance, due to the repercussions of the emerging Corona virus.

According to the decision of the Supreme Committee issued to allow Friday prayers to be held and to reopen places of worship for those who received at least one dose of the vaccine until the end of September 2021, provided that the number of attendees does not exceed 50% of the capacity of mosques, mosques and places of worship, and that the Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs undertake the task Organizing the precautionary measures adopted in this regard and monitoring their implementation.

Mufti of the Sultanate of Oman: There was good news on this day

The Grand Mufti of the Sultanate of Oman, Sheikh Ahmed Al-Khalili, said in a statement published on his official account on Twitter: “On this day of good news, the return of the Friday ritual to the mosques had a profound impact on our souls, as the soul circulates in the body and it lives, and as peace descends in the heart, so it is reassured, and as rain descends on the earth. The carrots grow green and sprout from every joyful pair.”

And the Mufti of the Sultanate of Oman continued: “Since that was after a break of more than a year and a half due to the pandemic that covered the whole earth by the command of God Almighty, and its decline was only by His grace and His grace, praise be to Him as it should be to His Majesty and His great authority.”

The Grand Mufti of the Sultanate of Oman, Sheikh Ahmed bin Hamad Al-Khalili, concluded his statement by saying: “We must all repent to Him and seek His forgiveness and replace our bad deeds with good deeds, and by keeping us away from Him, we are close to Him.

Sheikh Ahmed Al-Khalili’s fatwa on Friday prayer in the shadow of Corona

The Grand Mufti of the Sultanate of Oman, Sheikh Ahmed bin Hamad Al-Khalili, also issued a legal fatwa regarding attending Friday prayers, in light of the precautions established to limit the Corona pandemic.

According to Sheikh Al-Khalili’s fatwa: “If the mosques cannot accommodate all the worshipers on Friday, then there is nothing wrong with looking at the solutions that can be taken, such as setting a certain age to allow them to attend and they are those whose bodies are usually more immune according to medical standards, or it is stipulated that those who wanted to attend should be Taking the two doses of the epidemic vaccination.”

The reopening of places of worship in the Sultanate of Oman

The Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs in the Sultanate of Oman announced, on Sunday, that it had allowed the reopening of mosques to perform Friday prayers, after about a year and a half of preventing their performance, due to the repercussions of the emerging Corona virus.

The Omani Endowment said that it had granted permission to open mosques for Friday prayer rituals, according to the established precautionary controls.

Friday prayer in the Sultanate of Oman
Friday prayer in the Sultanate of Oman

In the same context, the competent Corona Committee issued a number of other decisions, including reopening houses of worship, and allowing participation in religious, social, cultural and sports activities and events, exhibitions and conferences, for those who received at least one dose of the vaccine until the end of September 2021.

Corona measures in the Sultanate of Oman
Corona measures in the Sultanate of Oman

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It also decided to stop the institutional quarantine for those coming to the Sultanate from Iraq and Iran, and to subject those coming from these two countries to the same controls in place for travelers arriving from all countries of the world.

Friday prayer in the Sultanate of Oman

For more than a month, citizens and residents of the Sultanate have been waiting for the return of Friday prayers, which have been suspended since the start of the Corona pandemic in the Sultanate.

Social media has witnessed many calls, in the recent period, to re-allow Friday prayers, especially with indications of the pandemic receding and its numbers dropping, the opening of commercial activities, and the end of closures. According to what was published by the Gulf Online website

It is worth noting that Friday prayers were suspended in the Sultanate on March 15, 2020, and two days later the Supreme Committee issued a decision to close all mosques and mosques, except for the call to prayer.

On November 10, 2020, the committee decided to gradually reopen mosques and mosques after their closure, while continuing not to hold Friday prayers.

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