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Thu Apr 9, 2020, 10:41 AM

Khamenei: Mass Ramadan events in Iran may stop over virus

Source: Associated Press

Khamenei: Mass Ramadan events in Iran may stop over virus

By JON GAMBRELL
April 9, 2020

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran’s supreme leader suggested Thursday that mass gatherings may be barred through the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan amid the coronavirus pandemic, as Amnesty International said it believed at least 35 Iranian prisoners were killed by security forces amid rioting over the virus.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei made the comment in a televised address as Iran prepares to restart its economic activity while suffering one of the world’s worst outbreaks. He is also the highest-ranking official in the Muslim world to acknowledge the holy month of prayer and reflection will be disrupted by the virus and the COVID-19 illness it causes.

“We are going to be deprived of public gatherings of the month of Ramadan,” Khamenei said during a speech marking the birth of Imam Mahdi. “Those gatherings are meetings for praying to God or listening to speeches which are really valuable. In the absence of these meetings, remember to heed your prayers and devotions in your lonesomeness.”

Ramadan is set to begin in late April and last through most of May. Iranian public officials had not yet discussed plans for the holy month, which sees the Muslim faithful fast from dawn until sunset. However, Iranian mosques have been closed and Friday prayers canceled across the country for fear of the virus spreading among those attending.

Khamenei urged Shiite faithful to pray in their homes during Ramadan. Shiites typically pray communally, especially during Ramadan, which sees communities share meals and greetings each night.

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Thu Apr 9, 2020, 11:36 AM

1. It is amazing that a religious fundementalist leader in Iran

shows more sense than those in America.

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Thu Apr 9, 2020, 01:23 PM

2. An Iranian doctor I know

He thought fasting during Ramadan was unhealthy. Of course he's right, but religion isn't interested.

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