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Mosques closure ‘was best option’


Tre Greaves

Mosques closure ‘was best option’
Muslims in Barbados gather to pray at the Jama Masjid Mosque in Kensington New Road, St Michael on Saturday afternoon. (Picture by Shanice King)

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Although mosques were ordered to close two weeks ago, the Muslim community was not “targeted”.

That is the view of president of Jama mosque, Abdul Kothdiwala, who said the closures of all mosques in the country was just a precaution.

“We never thought that they were targeting us. It was just for precautionary reasons and the health authorities really thought it was best that we shut down. In our religion, we can pray at any mosque. If I’m a member at Jama mosque and it’s time to pray I can go to Belleville or Sobers Lane.

“So to stop that mingling, they realised it was best to shut all the mosques down for a little while and let us get some tracing done to see where this thing started from. But the authorities came back and said we could open again,” Kothdiwala said. (TG)

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