Tarawih, special night prayers performed during the holy month, will be held without public attendance at the Grand Mosque [Masjid al-Haram] and the Prophet’s Mosque [Masjid al-Nabawi], said Abdul Rahman As-Sudais, president of the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques.
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The statement also said that itikaf — the Islamic practice of secluding oneself in the mosque to pray — has been canceled at both mosques.
It also said that Umrah will remain suspended until further notice.
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