Qatar’s imams told to keep Eid prayers short

September 7, 2010

Eid prayers and sermons in Qatar should not exceed 15 minutes to avoid exposing worshippers in open areas to the scorching temperatures, the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs has said.

Under the instructions, the prayer leaders should deliver two short sermons after they perform the prayer, and avoid exceeding the prescribed time for the sake of the worshippers.

Normally, the two sermons and prayers last up to 30 minutes.

A senior official of the Mosques Committee said that the decision was taken in the interest of the worshippers, who will be gathering in large numbers for the Eid prayers, Qatari daily The Peninsula reported.

The ministry’s mosques committee has already sent messages to all imams informing them about the decision.

The instructions to help worshippers avoid heat exhaustion are unprecedented in Qatar’s history, although labourers working in open areas have for years been spared the scorching temperatures during the summer months under a strict regulation that bans companies from forcing them to work in early afternoon.

The high temperatures and humidity prevailing since June are expected to continue until mid-September.

Several prominent Islamic scholars have been assigned to lead the special morning prayers on the first day of Eid Al Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan.

The prayers will be held at around 5.30am, about one and half hours after the Fajr (dawn) prayers. The weather is expected to be hot by that time, particularly in the prayer grounds.

The ministry has made arrangements at 219 mosques and prayer grounds across the country for the prayers, traditionally performed by high numbers of worshippers.

Eid Al Fitr will be either on Thursday or Friday, depending on the sighting of the moon.




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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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