Virus-hit Iran will reopen its Mosques for three nights over the next week so that worshippers can pray during one of the holiest times of the year.
The Islamic republic shut its Mosques and shrines in March as part of its efforts to contain the Middle East’s deadliest outbreak of the novel Coronavirus.
The reopening, according to a Minister on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, was granted for Laylat al-Qadr, a high point during the fasting month of Ramadan that marks when the Koran was revealed to Prophet Mohammed.
Health Minister, Mr Saeed Namaki sounded a note of caution as he announced that worshippers would be allowed to attend Mosques and ceremonies for three of the next five nights.
The Health Minister, in a remarks Broadcast on State Television, said the biggest strategic mistake is to think that Coronavirus is finished; noting that: “At any time, we can go back to bad circumstances due to negligence. Our priority is to hold ceremonies outdoors such as in stadiums, so that social distancing is properly observed.”
Mr Namaki said his Ministry agreed in a meeting to help organise ceremonies from midnight to 2:00 am during the nights of Qadr.