TEHRAN (Iran News) – President Hassan Rouhani said Saturday that Iran will hold Quds Day rallies and Eid al-Fitr prayers in compliance with health protocols set to combat the COVID-19 outbreak.
Addressing the National Headquarters for Managing and Fighting the Coronavirus in Tehran, Rouhani said that Eid al-Fitr prayers, which mark the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, will be held in religious centers across the country, Press TV reported.
He added, however, that the prayers will only take place in local religious centers as opposed to major prayer grounds where worshippers usually convene in each city to mark the event.
The president said that Quds Day will also be commemorated in “white” regions where the coronavirus has not deemed a threat.
He added that Quds Day will be organized without its usual annual rallies and will instead be held within the perimeters of Friday prayers, with health protocols set by health ministry.
Rouhani exempted the capital Tehran from the plan, where a drive-in march will be staged to honor the Quds Day event.
“It will be a symbolic measure using vehicles and it will be organized by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC),” he said.
As a legacy of the late founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Rouhollah Khomeini, Quds Day has been designated on the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan to mark worldwide Muslim solidarity with the Palestinian cause.
The event was commemorated every year with major rallies across Iran and beyond.
- source : Iran Daily, Irannews