The United Arab Emirates today sent an aid plane carrying 7 metric tons of medical supplies to Afghanistan. The aid will assist approximately 7,000 medical professionals as they work to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Commenting on the aid delivery, Eisa Salem Mohammed Aldhaheri, UAE Ambassador to Afghanistan, remarked: “The UAE is committed to ensuring that the medical professionals of Afghanistan are equipped with the appropriate protective equipment to enhance their health and safety as they bravely combat the COVID-19 pandemic.” “Through multiple aid shipments, the UAE is determined to work with Afghanistan in the spirit of collaboration and unity to improve health outcomes for the country and its people,” he added. In March 2020, the UAE dispatched an urgent medical aid shipment to Afghanistan containing 20,000 testing units and equipment to examine thousands of people. To date, the UAE has sent over 641 metric tons of aid to 54 countries, supporting more than 641,000 medical professionals in the process. Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs (Awqaf) confirmed that the decision of closing mosques and suspending congressional prayers as part of the precautionary and preventive measures against the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), also applies to Eid Al Fitr prayers for the year 1441 AH.

The Ministry indicated that the Friday and Eid Al Fitr prayers which are held exclusively in the presence of 40 worshipers, as per the Hanbali doctrine, mainly Imams, Muezzins and staff of the Imam Muhammad bin Abdul Wahab Mosque, will be broadcast on TV and radio channels while affirming that it is not permissible to follow the imam in prayer broadcast on radio, television and other means of communication. The Ministry also stressed it will be in contact with the competent authorities to follow up on the COVID-19 status and will reopen all mosques as soon as the risk of the pandemic has passed.

 

Source: Government of Qatar