ALGIERS- The Night of Doubt for the Observation of the Lunar Crescent, indicating the start of the month of Ramadan, will take place on Monday, April, 12, 2021, Religious Affairs, and Endowment Minister Youcef Belmehdi said on Thursday.
In this aspect, the minister, also, voiced on the Tarawih prayer to recall that the Fetwa Commission, in collaboration with the Anti-Covid-19 Health Committee, agreed to reduce the duration of this supererogatory prayer to only 30 minutes.
In addition, the minister explained that the decision to close the ablution houses is not meant to dissuade the worshippers to perform the prayer but for sanitary reasons due to human interactions in those areas with high possibility of contamination and spread of the Covid-19 virus.
As a reminder, the National Commission of Fetwa has, already, pronounced on the Tarawih prayers, which will take place in all mosques in the country over a period of 30 minutes with the imposition of a gauge and a rigorous sanitary protocol.
To this end, the mosques concerned by the Friday and the five prayers will be open for the performance of the supererogatory Tarawih prayer during the month of Ramadan, provided they do not exceed 30 minutes.
“For the sake of perpetuating the Sunnah of the Prophet (PBUH) during the month of fasting, the mosques concerned with the Friday and the five prayers will be open for the accomplishment of the supererogatory prayer of the Tarawih”, said the Commission.
The mosques concerned “will be open for the performance of the El Icha prayer 15 minutes before the call to prayer and closed 15 minutes after the completion of the Tarawih prayer”, underlined the same source, specifying that “the El Icha prayer will be performed immediately after the call to prayer ”.
The commission also insisted on the imperative to respect a physical distance of 1.5 m between the faithful, calling on the Imams “to lighten the prayer of the Tarawih, by opting for the reading of a single hizb of the Koran by night, on condition of not exceeding 30 minutes “.
On another level, the commission set a range of conditions for the performance of the prayers:
Opening mosques for women to perform Tarawih prayers in the blessed month of Ramadan.
Excluding pregnant and breastfeeding women and preventing children from accompanying them.
Excluding the elderly and sick people for the sake of preserving their health.
As for ablution houses, they will remain closed in all mosques.
Suspending other mosque activities, such as; the Friday lesson and the lessons that precede Tarawih prayers.
It is also necessary to adhere to the health protocol for mosques, which is as follows:
Putting on a medical mask is compulsory
The social distancing between worshipers is at least a meter
Bringing the prayer rug is essential
Make sure to wash hands with antiseptic solution when entering
All water coolers and refrigerators inside the mosque are banned
Ensure good ventilation in the mosque.
Usage of toilets is banned
Measuring temperatures for those in charge of the mosque as well as worshipers after entering the mosque.
The National Lunar Crescent Observeration Committee at the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Wakfs (Endowment) has announced that the night of doubt, observing the first day of Ramadan, has been scheduled for Monday, April, 12, 2021, said the ministry in a statement.
Thus, the beginning of the month of Chaâbane 1442 will take place tomorrow Monday, March 15th, 2021.
“The National Lunar Crescent Observation Commission at the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Wakfs informs all citizens that the night of doubt devoted to the observation of the lunar crescent announcing the first day of the month of Ramadan for the year 1442 Hegira / 2021 was set for Monday, chaâbane, 29, 1442 Hegira corresponding to April, 12, 2021, “said the same source.
This most sacred month in Islam, when Muslims abstain from food, sex, and other immoral behaviors, will start in Algeria on either Tuesday, April, 13, 2021 or Wednesday, April, 14, 2021.
Have a peaceful and happy Ramadan