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Côte d’Ivoire: Friday prayers now permitted throughout Ivorian territory

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The Covid-19 Watch Committee of the Higher Council of Imams, Mosques and Islamic Affairs in Côte d’Ivoire (COSIM) invited the Muslim community to respect the barrier measures during the celebration of the festival of Aid El- Kebir (Tabaski) and Djoumaa prayers (Great Friday prayer) now authorised throughout the Ivorian territory.

“Given the current health situation, the Covid-19 Monitoring Committee of the Muslim community insists that everyone respect the barrier gestures in force, in particular, washing hands with soap and water or the use of hydro-alcoholic gel, physical distancing, wearing a mask and using the individual mat, handshakes and braces, ”reports a press release from this organization sent to APA (African Press Agency) on Friday, 31 July 2020.

In addition, the Watch Committee recommended that the imams kindly reduce the time for sermons during the feast and Friday prayers.

“The Watch Committee draws the attention of imams and managers of mosque management committees to the need to observe the measures listed above,” the statement concluded. The Ivorian Muslim community celebrated the feast of Tabaski or Aïd-El-Kébir on Friday throughout the Ivorian territory.

Aid Al-Kebir or Tabaski is the second major holiday of the Muslim religion after the end of the fast (feast of Ramadan). It takes place the day after Arafat station in Saudi Arabia, (essential pillar of the Hajj).

Eid el-kebir commemorates the submission to God of Prophet Abraham who was ready to sacrifice his eldest son Ishmael at his command. Every Muslim with the means must immolate a beast, especially a ram during this festival to perpetuate this act of Abraham.

– APA

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