May 13, 2020, 11:43 AM
Mama Kandeh, the leader of the Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC) has said that the covid-19 pandemic has vividly exposed The Gambia basic weaknesses as a nation.
According to the circular signed by the Islamic Affairs Minister Sheikh Abdullatif bin Abdul Aziz bin Abdul Rahman Al-Asheikh, “Worshippers must keep two meters apart and leave a row of space empty between each row.”
The circular also reiterated for worshippers to wear face masks at all times, bring their own prayer mats and perform ablution at home before going to the mosques; as all toilets and places of ablution will be closed.
In the circular, the minister strongly advised imams to ensure that worshippers avoid crowding when entering and exiting the mosques and children under 15 are not allowed to enter.
“Water coolers and the distribution of food and drinks are not permitted. Windows and doors must be open at all times and copies of the Qur’an and other reading materials must be temporarily withdrawn,” the circular emphasised.
The circular to mosque staff also said educational programmes and workshops for memorising the Qur’an should continue remotely online until further notice.
Smaller mosques, the circular added, can open 15 minutes before the call to prayer and should close 10 minutes after they finish. On Fridays, mosques with larger crowds can open 20 minutes before prayers and should close 20 minutes after they finish, and the sermon should not last more than 15 minutes.
The Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages, which attract millions of travelers from around the world, will remain suspended until further notice, the ministry said.
Source: Saudi local papers
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Lamin F. Fatty, the agriculture minister of The Gambia College Students Union has spoken about the devastating impact of the covid-19 pandemic especially on schools and those in food supply chain in the country.
President Macky Sall’s government has come to the aid of the media in these trying times of covid-19 by doling out 1.4 billion CFA, an equivalent of D120.4 million to media chiefs to meet the challenges and effects of covid-19 pandemic.
President of Network of Financial and Tax Reporters (NFTR) Gambia Chapter, Abdoulie Nyockeh recently handed one 100 copies of the 2nd edition of Gambia Revenue Authority’s Naamo Magazine to the Authority’s Commissioner General.