KUWAIT CITY, May 19: Kuwait’s Ministry of Awqaf said Monday evening that Eid al-Fitr prayers are preferably to be performed in their format at home instead of mosques due to coronavirus pandemic.
The ministry surveyed by phone the opinions of several Muslim scholars who agreed that the audible prayers, consisting of “rak’atin” (two prescribed movements), could be performed at home without the post-prayer sermon, according to a statement by the Ministry’s fatwa (religious opinion) dept.
In the first rak’a, a worshipper has to utter six “takbirat” (statement of “Allahu Akbar”) after “Takbiratul Al-Ihram” (the inaugural part of the prayers) and then start reading Surat Al-Fatiha. In the second, there should be five takbirat after the standup takbira and then Surat Al-Fatiha, the statement explained. A worshipper can perform the prayers alone or along with their family members, it added.