Oct 22, 2021
By Jeremy Logan
The Iranian capital Tehran has held its main public Friday prayer service for the first time in 20 months, after it was halted amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Organizers said beforehand that all health protocols would be followed to protect the expected hundreds of worshippers during the ceremony at Tehran University.
Iran’s National Coronavirus Taskforce, which had ordered a halt to the prayers, authorized its resumption.
Public Friday prayers have been underway in other cities, especially in smaller towns across the country since the summer.
Individual mosques have been free to hold normal services since early October.
The move comes as Tehran hosts over 400 Muslim scholars and religious leaders for a meeting known as the International Islamic Unity Conference.