Arab Parliament deplores Houthi ban on Taraweeh prayers

Arab Parliament deplores Houthi ban on Taraweeh prayers

 Alsahwa Net- The Arab Parliament has deplored the Houthi ban on Tarweeh prayers, nightly prayers performed during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, in some mosques of Yemen.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the Arab Parliament that this behavior contradicts religions and international conventions which emphasize the respect for belief freedoms and worship places.

Meanwhile, Egypt’s Al-Azhar authority, the highest seat of Sunni Muslim learning, has deplored the Houthi ban on Tarweeh prayers.

In a statement, Al-Azhar said the Houthi ban “is contrary to the principles of religions and international conventions that call for respect of freedom of belief and protection of worship places”.

On Saturday, the Yemeni Ministry of Awqaf (religious endowments), accused Houthi rebels of banning Tarawih prayers in rural areas under rebel control.

The Iran-backed Houthi militias on Wednesday stormed into a mosque in Sanhan district, in Sana’a province, and prevented worshipers from performing prayers.

Local sources said that the Houthis occupied the mosque and turned it into a place for practicing their own rituals.

The sources mentioned that the Houthis chanted their slogans inside the mosque and insulted the worshippers.

Houthis previously imposed restrictions on mosques, and asked imams to sign pledges not to perform Tarawih, performed after evening prayers during the holy month of Ramadan.

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