As worshipers in Oman eagerly await the lifting of restrictions on congregational prayers at mosques, the Supreme Committee for dealing with COVID-19 has formed a team to discuss the possibility of reopening places of worship.
H E Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed al Sa’aeedi, Minister of Health, said the decision to reopen mosques and places of worship will be taken at an appropriate time.
“A team has been formed under the supervision of the Ministry of Auqaf and Religious Affairs to discuss the possibility of opening mosques,” he added.
Jamal al Jahdhami, a worshiper from Bausher, said, “For years, I have been praying at mosques and I find so much comfort there. It has been so long since I last prayed at a mosque and I feel I am missing something. Authorities should allow mosques to reopen as long as precautionary measures are taken.”
Another worshiper from Seeb, Khalaf Khalfan, said, “I feel I am missing something in me that is very important. The wait to reopen the mosques has been so long. I think putting on face masks and taking other precautionary measures like avoiding handshakes could be made mandatory to enter mosques. We are already aware about COVID-19 and ready to take precautions.”
Even though many are okay with praying at home, some say mosques were so helpful for commuters who are always on the move.
“Most of the time I am out of home and at the time for prayers I am on the move because I am a driving-school instructor. It is not always easy for people to find a suitable place to pray when mosques are closed. I think mosques should be allowed to reopen even though congregational prayers are not held,” said Khamis al Habsi.
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