Qatar allocates 237 mosques for Eid prayers

August 25, 2011

Qatar has designated 237 mosques and open grounds for the Eid Al Fitr prayers to be held on the first day of the feast at 5.30am.

The well-attended prayers require large areas to accommodate the thousands of worshippers and small mosques are usually ruled out.

According to Qatari officials, around 1,300 mosques were used during Ramadan, the month during which Muslims boost their spiritual activities through more prayers and acts of charity and benevolence.

Ali Bin Rashid Al Mohannadi, the head of Mosques Affairs, said that 17 imams from Muslim countries including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Algeria and Morocco were invited to give Islamic lectures.

By the end of the lunar month, expected on Monday or Tuesday, the imams would have given 39,000 lectures at 30 lectures per day in all the 1,300 mosques, he said, Qatari daily Gulf Times reported on Thursday.

Muslims see Ramadan as an opportunity to improve themselves, spiritually and personally, and to empathise with those in need.

Ramadan can last 29 or 30 days, depending on the lunar cycle.



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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
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  • 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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