It’s Been Almost 2 Years—Tehran Holds its First Public Friday Prayers

Iranian worshippers pray during the Friday prayer ceremony at the Tehran University campus, in Tehran, Iran, Friday, Oct. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Tehran’s communal Friday prayer was halted for 20 months over the coronavirus pandemic. But public Friday prayers are up and running again. Iran’s National Coronavirus Taskforce, which had ordered a halt to the prayers, authorized its resumption.

The move comes as Tehran hosts over 400 Muslim scholars and religious leaders for a meeting known as the International Islamic Unity Conference. Organizers said beforehand that all health protocols would be followed to protect the expected hundreds of worshippers during the ceremony at Tehran University.

– Ella Breedlove