Coronavirus: Kuwait mosques amend call to prayer, ask worshippers to 'pray in your homes'

The authorities in Kuwait have closed the mosques and amended the Adhan or the Muslim call to prayers, including words like ‘pray in your homes’, to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus, a media report said.

Kuwait’s Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs announced on Friday that the five daily prayers usually held at mosques had been cancelled, while several social media videos showed that the adhan was now instructing worshippers not to come to mosques for congregational prayers, reported Middle East Eye.

The muezzin, or person who calls for the Muslim prayer, would continue to make the call, authorities said. But instead of “come to pray”, which is typically announced, worshippers were instructed to: “pray in your homes”.

The changes are in effect until further notice, the religious ministry said. 

Several netizens have pointed out that the tradition dates back to the time of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) when similar amendments were made during adverse weather conditions like heavy rains and winds.

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