Guidelines for social behaviour and prayers during Ramadan (1442)
Follow these rules and guidelines related to socialising and visiting mosques during the holy month of Ramadan (of the year 1442 of the Hijri calendar corresponding to the year 2021 of the Gregorian calendar).
Rules regarding social visits
- Avoid gatherings, and social visits and events
- Do not share or exchange iftar meals in your neighbourhood; only members of the same family, living under the same roof, can share meals
- Use virtual communication tools to communicate with family members, relatives and friends.
Ramadan tents and majlis are not allowed at homes or in public places.
Rules for mosques
The following rules apply to the functioning of mosques. Worshippers visiting mosques to offer prayers must abide by the following:
Rules regarding offering Isha and Taraweeh prayers
The following rules apply to offering Isha and Taraweeh prayers:
- the maximum duration of both Isha and Taraweeh prayers will be limited to 30 minutes, including Adhan and Iqama (a call for the prayer to start)
- mosques will be closed immediately after the Taraweeh prayers are completed
- senior citizens and residents and those with chronic diseases are advised to pray and perform Taraweeh prayers at home, or by conducting congregational prayers with their families, or alone.
The night prayers during the last ten days of Ramadan, known as ‘Qiyam-ul-layl’, or ‘Tahajjud’ prayers, will be held in accordance with the above precautionary measures in place of the ‘Taraweeh’ prayers. The prayer's time will be limited 30 minutes from 12 midnight to 12:30 am across all mosques in the UAE. ‘I'tikaaf’ (staying in a mosque for a specified amount of time for worship and prayers) will not be allowed.
It was decided to limit Tahajjud Prayer's time to 30 minutes between 12:00-12:30am across UAE. You must abide by all precautionary measures in place &close mosques immediately after prayers, ensuring that sitting and I'tikaaf is not allowed. #TogetherWeRecover
Tips for visiting mosques
Before going to the mosque, you are advised to:
- perform ablution at home
- sanitise your hands
- wear face masks
- bring your own prayer mats
- ·observe a minimum distance of three metres from other worshippers
- use your own personal or electronic Quran
- Download the AL HOSN UAE app your smartphones.
Meanwhile, you should not:
- gather or shake hands with others
- use communal holy books which are in mosques
- leave your prayer mat at mosques after prayers.
Tips for donations and charity
Read more about precautionary measures during Ramadan in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah.
Information sourced from Awqaf’s official Twitter account.
Updated on 28 Apr 2021