Mosques Reopen for Ramadan Celebrations

On May 12, Iran temporarily reopened all mosques for three days during the holy month of Ramadan. Iranians celebrated the nights of Laylat al-Qadr, which commemorates the Quran being revealed to the Prophet Mohammed. Prayer services were held in mosques, public parks and hospitals. Worshippers were required to wear masks and gloves and bring their own prayer mats and copies of the Quran. The Ministry of Health restricted indoor gatherings to one-fourth capacity and limited all rituals to a maximum of two hours.

 

Mosque Services

 

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People gathered for a service outside of a mosque in Tehran

 

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Worshippers recited prayers at the holy shrine of Imamzadeh Helal Ali in Aran va Bidgol

 

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A man prayed at the Holy shrine of Imamzadeh Helal

 

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Worshippers gathered together for prayers

 

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People congregated outside of the Imam Reza Shrine in Mashhad

 

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A cleric recited prayers at Imam Sadegh Mosque in Tehran

 

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A worshipper prayed over a baby

 

Masks, Gloves and Sanitation

 

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A woman had her temperature checked before entering a mosque

 

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A man passed through a disinfection tunnel before entering a mosque

 

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A boy prayed in gloves

 

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A mosque worker handed out face masks to worshippers

 

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A man in gloves recited prayers outside of a mosque

 

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A woman held her mask as she prayed

 

Social Distancing

 

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Mosques used tape to separate worshippers during prayer

 

Park Services

 

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Families prayed in Ghaem Park in Tabriz

 

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A family recited prayers during a park service

 

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Families prayed together in Tehran

 

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A couple recited prayers during a service in Ghaem Park in Tabriz

 

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A family attended a prayer service in Ghaem Park in Tabriz

 

Drive-In Services

 

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A prayer service was held in a parking lot in Shiraz

 

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A family prayed in their car in Shiraz

 

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A family read from the Quran during a drive-in service

 

In Hospitals

 

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A nurse read the Quran to a patient at Modarres Hospital in Tehran

 

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A patient recited prayers at Modarres Hospital in Tehran

 

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A woman prayed with patients at Modarres Hospital in Tehran

 

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Medical staff held rituals at Modarres Hospital in Tehran

 

Eid al-Fitr prayers

 

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People gathered for a prayer service at Lavizan Imamzadeh shrine in Tehran

 

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A cleric led prayers at the University of Tehran

 

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Prayers were held at Imam Ali Military University

 

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Two officers fist-bumped before the prayer service

 

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A cleric in Khuzestan held prayers from home

 

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A boy waited for prayer service to begin in Khuzestan

 

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