“Impossible to open places of worship for Eid,” says CFCM

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While religious ceremonies can resume this weekend after the interruption linked to the coronavirus, the French Council of Muslim worship has decided to keep the mosques closed for the prayers of Eid el-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan . “It is impossible to have gel and masks for everyone”, explains to Europe 1 his general delegate Abdallah Zekri.


The move relieved a number of religious leaders. After an interruption of more than two months due to the coronavirus pandemic, religious ceremonies can resume this Saturday according to the terms and conditions fixed by a decree published in the official journal and immediately entered into force. However, if Catholics will be able to go to churches this weekend, while respecting strict measures to ensure health security, for their part, mosques will not welcome worshipers on Sunday, for Eid and -Fitr, the feast for the breaking of the fast which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. A decision made due to the lack of time to disinfect places of worship by then, but also the impossibility of guaranteeing gel and masks to all, explains to Europe 1 Abdallah Zekri, general delegate of the French Council of worship Muslim (CFCM).

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“It is impossible to open places of worship for Eid prayer,” he said. “The prayer rooms had been closed for two months. To open them, you first have to disinfect everything, the walls and the floors.” In addition, adds Abdallah Zekri, the festival of Eid “drains more than a million and a half of Muslims through 2,500 places of worship, so it is impossible to have gel and masks for everyone”.

“Preserve life rather than praying with a lot of people huddled together”

Faced with this situation, the CFCM asks the Muslims of France “to continue to make their prayer at home as during the last two months”, said his delegate general, who recalls that “the prayer of Eid is not a obligatory prayer “.

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“The fundamental principle for me is the preservation of life rather than praying with a lot of crowded people, and that we risk after having cases in certain places,” concludes Abdallah Zekri.

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