This file picture shows people in Saudi Arabia take part in prayers for Eid Al Adha in Riyadh. Image Credit: Reuters

Dubai: Saudi Arabia has called on people to perform Eid prayers at home instead of mosques due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, according to Okaz daily newspaper.

Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti and head of the Council of Senior Scholars and the Department of Scientific Research and Ifta Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al Al Sheikh said that it is permissible to perform Eid Al Fitr prayer at home in light of the current exceptional circumstances.

Eid prayers consists of two ‘Rakats’ (prescribed movements and words during prayer) and six ‘Takbirs’ (praising God).

Speaking to Okaz, the Grand Mufti said that Zakat Al Fitr could be distributed through charitable societies if they are reliable ones, provided that it should be distributed before the day of Eid. He urged parents to bring joy and happiness to their children and their families by spending more time with them.