Indonesia Allows Eid al-Adha Prayers in Green Zones

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Muslims will celebrate the Eid al-Adha on Friday, July 31, 2020. Indonesia's Minister of Religious Affairs, Fachrul Razi, allows Muslims to practice Eid al-Adha prayers in open fields and mosques, if they are located in areas declared as green zones, a.k.a. having zero or low transmission rate of Covid-19.

    "Of course, the areas must be declared safe by the local government or local task force," Fachrul said in an online press conference on Thursday, July 30.

    Fachrul reminded the public to keep following health protocols. He asked people to bring their own prayer mats, use masks, and maintain physical distance with other people.

    "There is no need to shake hands or hug. And we must shorten the praying time as well as sermons, whilst still complying to [Islamic] provisions," Fachrul said.

    In areas that are still declared as unsafe, the Ministry said that Muslims should only perform the prayers at home.

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