The UAE directs imams to shorten Friday sermons and prayers

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There will be a new directive in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to shorten the time for Friday sermons and prayers from 25 minutes to just 10 minutes in order to cut back on the number of people.

The government is also planning on introducing fines for those who overstay the time limit. They are also considering requiring worshipers to wear a mask during the service.

In the course of the month of October, the General Authority for Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Zakat (Awqaf) will issue instructions to all mosque imams encouraging them to comply with this new rule. This rule will remain in effect until early October.

This order is aimed at protecting Muslims during the scorching summer months in the country, particularly in light of the fact that temperatures have recently exceeded 50 degrees Celsius in the area. A spokesperson for Awqaf explained that the reduction is in line with Islamic practices in order to protect the health of the community.

During the summertime, it is not uncommon for the UAE to experience temperatures that reach a scorching 48 to 50°C. Summer is a month-long phenomenon in the United Arab Emirates, with the hottest months being July and August.

The Two Holy Mosques in Saudi Arabia have also reduced the duration of prayer and sermons on Fridays during the summer months to 15 minutes. 

Timenews1 provided that news.

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