Is it permissible to conduct prayers such as salat at-tarawih virtually?

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Last Updated on 16th July 2021

I [the compiler] met with Hazrat Khalifatul Masih Vaa on 13 April 2021. During the mulaqat, I asked Huzooraa whether it was permissible to conduct Tarawih prayers virtually. 

Huzooraa provided guidance on this matter and said: 

“If the mosque and the houses behind it are at the same site — as is the case at the new markaz of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat in Islamabad, UK, where the workers’ dwellings are located behind the Mubarak Mosque — then one may, only under compelling circumstances such as the current coronavirus pandemic, offer the Tarawih or other congregational prayers using means of communication such as loudspeakers or FM radios etc. where the chances of losing the signal are very low. However, if the mosque and the houses are at separate locations or if the houses are located in front of the mosque, then the occupants of those houses may not offer their prayers by following the [imam, leading] prayers in the mosque; rather, they may offer separate congregational prayers in their own homes.”

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