IS 'bans tarawih prayers during Ramadan'

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Iraq
Monday, 22 June 2015

An imam in the Iraqi ministry of religious affairs has said the Notorious Islamic State group has banned extra evening prayers during Ramadan in Mosul because it considers them heresy.

Shiekh Saadoun al-Nuaimi told the Kurdish news agency, BasNews: "IS religious police have banned tarawih prayers because they are a 'religious innovation' created by Saudi clerics that under no circumstances will be allowed. "IS has threatened all imams and mosques in Mosul that they will be flogged if they hold tarawih prayers."

The evening prayers are observed throughout the month and include 10 days of "seclusion" at the end of the month, when some people sleep in the mosque overnight.

The extra prayers are observed by Sunni Muslims. The majority of Islamic scholars agree that they are not compulsory.

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