Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz on Wednesday approved the holding of Tarawih prayers at two holy mosques without public attendance amid preventive measures due to the coronavirus.

According to a Wednesday statement by the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques, Tarawih, special night prayers performed during the holy month of Ramadan, starting this week, will be shortened and held without public attendance at the Grand Mosque (Masjid al-Haram) in Mecca and the Prophet’s Mosque (Masjid al-Nabawi) in Medina.

On Monday, the presidency said Tarawih prayer will be performed by staff and cancelled itikaf – the Islamic practice of secluding

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