Religious rites to be hold in Iran taking extra precautions

Several Muslim countries have implemented decisive social distancing measures aiming at curbing transmission by reducing interaction between people, such as the closing of mosques, monitoring of religious gatherings and other restrictions on holy rituals.

Iran (IMNA)- Iranians are Shi’ite Muslims, who mark their most significant mourning ceremonies of Muharram in September.

"The mourning ceremony of Imam Hussein (peace be upon him) must be held throughout the country gloriously with precise observation of healthcare protocols and social distancing; let face masks be part of the mourning rites of Muharram," President Hassan Rouhani said in a televised speech attending a news conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi.

Earlier, Iranian officials gradually lifted COVID-19 restrictions, but they have been re-imposed and extended in worst-hit areas by coronavirus after a rapid surge in cases.

Beside Muharram rites, Shia Muslims around the world are waiting for upcoming holy festivities to hold gathering.

The Eid al Adha, falling on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, is a festival marked by religious gatherings where Muslim families and friends bond to pray together and give handouts, particularly in the form of the meat of sacrificed animals.

Muslim countries should take strict measures on the selling or slaughtering of animals through a trusted official procedure and the distribution of meat while ensuring that national food safety and hygiene regulations are enforced.

Iran’s total tally of coronavirus cases hit 293,606 on Monday, with 15,912 deaths, Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said on television.

The pandemic can be controlled by observing social distancing in prayers and following the given instructions.

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