Jamia Mosque will remain closed despite Uhuru’s directive to reopen places of worship

Jamia Mosque (Photo/Courtesy)

Jamia Mosque has announced it will not be reopening any time soon.

President Uhuru Kenyatta directed the reopening of places of worship while giving a state address on July 6. This will be done through following strict covid-19 guidelines including limiting number of worshippers to 100 per session.

However, Jamia Mosque said it will not be able to limit number of people to 100 per session.

“Following widespread consultations with Muslim members of the inter-faith council and our Da’wah committee members, we regret to announce that we shall not be opening Jamia Mosque on July 14 2020 as envisioned,” reads part of the statement from Jamia Mosque Committee.

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The Mosque is strategically located in CBD and is the nearest Mosque for practicing Muslims in the area. Restricting worshippers to a certain number will be challenging and not possible.

“This is because the guidelines issued to limit prayers to only 100 persons per session are not practical for Jamia Mosque Nairobi given its centrality in the Central Business Disctrict of the capital city, Nairobi,” reads the statement dated July 10.

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Additionally, the committee will inform Muslim worshippers on the way forward if they come to a decision concerning the worship arrangements in the near future.

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