UAE orders imams to shorten Friday prayers and sermons to ten minutes.

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UAE orders imams to shorten Friday prayers and sermons to ten minutes.

All mosques were told by the UAE’s Awqaf to keep Friday prayers and sermons to a maximum of ten minutes.

A new guideline aimed at cutting the length of Friday sermons and prayers to ten minutes will be put into effect by the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

This policy will be in place until early October, and imams of all mosques have been asked to comply by the General Authority for Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Zakat (Awqaf).
With recent highs in the nation around 50 degrees Celsius, the directive is intended to protect Muslims during the sweltering summer months. A representative for Awqaf clarified, saying, “The reduction aligns with Islamic practices to protect community health.”

UAE orders imams to shorten Friday prayers and sermons to ten minutes.
General view of empty Sheikh Zayed Mosque, as Friday prayers were suspended following the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, March 20, 2020. — Reuters File

During the summer, the UAE suffers with oppressive temperatures between 48 and 50°C. Summer in the UAE lasts from June to September, with the hottest months being July and August.

Additionally, during the summer, Friday prayers and speeches in the Two Holy Mosques in Saudi Arabia are now only 15 minutes long.

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