Muslim scholars warned the Islamic world to follow strict precautions during the holy month of Ramadan to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus outbreak, which has claimed tens of thousands of lives across the globe.

As part of the precautions against the epidemic, scholars warned Muslims to avoid organizing mass iftar — fast breaking — meals and not to hold Tarawih prayers — special night prayers performed during Ramadan — with public attendance at mosques.

Religious authorities have introduced ongoing temporary restrictions including the closure of the Grand Mosque (Masjid al-Haram) in Mecca and the Masjid al-Nabawi (Prophet’s

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