Ramadan 2023: UAE Muslims Offer First Friday Prayers Without COVID Restrictions

Ramadan’s first Friday prayers were offered today across the world. And for the people of UAE, this holy month is extra special because for the first time in four years, they can observe Ramadan without any COVID-19 restrictions. Meaning that they can freely shake hands, greet each other up close, and offer prayers shoulder to shoulder.

Huge crowds of worshippers came together today for the first Friday prayers of this year’s Ramadan in the UAE.

These photos taken at Al Gargawi Masjid in Deira, Dubai, show how faith can bring together a massive community of residents hailing from different parts of the world.

The mosque was packed, with the crowd spilling into the streets, and sidewalks were covered by row upon row of prayer mats.

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