Mosques will be reopened and collective worship and religious gatherings will be resumed gradually taking into account all necessary precautionary measures, the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (SCIA) has said.
The decision was based following an extensive study of the latest developments and statistics about the coronavirus locally and internationally and the views and recommendations of specialists.
The council said there would be coordination between the Justice Ministry and Sunni and Jafari Endowments to set controls and action and take the necessary preparations in accordance with the procedures determined by the National Taskforce for Combating the Coronavirus.
The council, holding its virtual regular session headed by its President Shaikh Abdulrahman bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Khalifa, extended its greetings on the new Hijri year to His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, His Royal Highness the Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, and His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister.
The council congratulated HRH the Prime Minister on his successful medical check-ups and prayed to Allah the Almighty to bless HRH the Prime Minister with abundant health and wellness so as to continue serving the kingdom and its people.
The meeting affirmed Bahrain's keenness and pride in supporting religious freedoms and rituals within the framework of its constant eagerness to guarantee rights and freedoms for all, praising the great efforts by official agencies in cooperation with the concerned civil authorities to ensure the success of the commemoration of Ashura.
SCIA held another virtual meeting with President of the Supreme Council of Health (SCH) Lt. General Dr. Shaikh Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, the Head of the National Taskforce to Combat Coronavirus (COVID-19), Minister of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments Shaikh Khalid bin Ali Al Khalifa, Sunni Endowments Council's Chairman Dr. Shaikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Hajri, and Jafari Endowments Chairman Yusef bin Saleh Al Saleh.