Praying at car parks: improvising for Ramadan
After sunset, Muslims gathered in the ancient port city of Jaffa in an empty car park to pray. The coronavirus outbreak has led to the closure of mosques in the region. Praying in car park is the new normal.
Muslims usually gather in Jaffa’s holy shrines which have existed since Ottoman times. Mosque closures due to the covid-19 pandemic, however, have caused Muslims to gather out in the open air with many praying outside the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, the third holiest site in Islam after Mecca and Medina.
Dozens of Muslims have used parking spaces to facilitate social distancing, wearing masks while they met for Taraweeh prayers.
Social distancing was enforced by committee volunteers wearing fluorescent uniform.
The holy Qu’ran was recited by an imam through a loudspeaker.
A ban on prayer in mosques has been enacted for the entirety of the holy month of Ramadan in the State of Israel in order to protect the public from coronavirus. So far Israel has 208 confirmed deaths from the virus and two cases in the West Bank.
Normally Muslims would gather around the holy shrines which mark the place from where it is believed the Prophet (PBUH) ascended to heaven.