Prominent Muslim cleric Qaradawi calls for worldwide suspension of Friday prayers

Muslim scholar Yusuf al-Qaradawi says mosques around the world should suspend all congregationary prayers to halt the spread of Covid-19. (File pic)

PETALING JAYA: World renowned Muslim scholar Yusuf al-Qaradawi has called for mosques around the world to suspend all congregationary prayers, including the weekly Friday prayer, as a precaution to stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

Qatar-based Al Jazeera’s Arabic language channel reported that the call was made through the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) which Qaradawi heads.

The stand by IUMS, which brings together tens of thousands of Muslim scholars worldwide, comes as several countries lock down on religious gatherings.

Perlis called off Friday prayers statewide two days ago, while in Singapore, authorities imposed a two-week freeze on all mosque activities pending disinfection.

Putrajaya, however, issued a guideline to Muslims attending mosques, including an advice to them to perform ritual ablution from their homes.

Yesterday, scores of new Covid-19 patients were tracked to a convention of Muslim missionary group “tabligh” attended by 10,000 people held at the Sri Petaling mosque. Health authorities have appealed to participants to visit the nearest clinic to undergo tests.