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"Assalatu fi rihalakum": Mosques in Kuwait use in Adhan amid Coronavirus scare

The announcement "assalatu fi rihalakum" has been in practice during the life of the Prophet at the time of severe cold and heavy rains

Saturday March 14, 2020 7:22 PM, ummid.com News Network

Prayers in mosques suspended

Kuwait City: Authorities in Kuwait have temporarily closed mosques and amended the 'adhan' or the the Muslim call to prayer, to include the words "as salatu fi rihalakum" or "as salatu fi buyutikum"- pray in your homes, as the country struggles to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

Kuwait's Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs announced on Friday that the five daily prayers usually held at mosques had been temporarily suspended.

On the other hand several social media videos showed that the 'adhan' was now instructing worshippers not to come to mosques for congregational prayers, reports the London-based Middle East Eye news portal.

The muezzin, or person who calls for the Muslim prayer, would continue to make the call, authorities said.

But instead of "hayya alas salah" - come to pray, which is typically announced, worshippers were instructed to: "aas salatu fi rihalakum" or "as salatu fi buyutikum" - translated as pray in your homes.

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The announcement "as salatu fi rihalakum" has been in practice during the life of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) at the time of severe cold and heavy rains.

Though rare, but it has been in practice nowadays too in such emergencies.

"The changes in adhan will be in effect until further notice", the concerned Ministry in Kuwait said.

As of Saturday, Kuwait reported 80 coronavirus cases.

The latest development came after Saudi Arabia suspended entry of Umrah pilgrims and also stopped prayers inside the Mataf.

Earlier the authorities in Iran, Singapore and some other countries had suspended Friday prayers offered in congregation.

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