MARAWI CITY: Lanao del Sur Provincial Governor Mamintal A. Adiong Jr. has asked his constituents to perform the nightly Taraweeh congregations during Ramadan at their homes in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Taraweeh is performed by Muslims immediately after performing the evening prayers (Maghrib and Isha) during the holy month of Ramadhan which may start on April 24 depending on the appearance of the new moon.
“We are prohibiting the conduct of prayers in mosques to avoid mass gathering,” Adiong said in Maranao in a video posted in the Provincial Government of Lanao del Sur Facebook page.
The Bangsamoro Darul Ifta has issued a religious guideline for the temporary suspension of congregational Taraweeh prayers in the mosques in compliance with the Islamic preventive measures against the coronavirus.
The guideline was signed by Bangsamoro government Mufti (empowered Islamic jurisprudent) Abuhuraira Udasan.
The conduct of Friday prayers and other congregations at the mosque has been suspended across the province and the entire Bangsamoro region following the implementation of enhanced community quarantine.
However, mosques are still allowed to continue the Adhan or the ritual call to prayer
Adiong said the temporary suspension is a precautionary measure to help prevent the spread of the highly contagious and deadly coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the area.
“We are trying our best to combat COVID-19 and we need your cooperation. Once we beat this virus, we can resume the holding of prayers at mosques,” he added.
As of Sunday, there are 8 confirmed cases, 4 recovered and 3 deaths in Lanao del Sur, according to the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO). The latest confirmed positive from marawi City is now confined at the Northern MIndanao Medical Center in Cagayan de Oro. (Masiding Noor Yahya)