Bradford mosque leader’s legal bid over lockdown prayer ban

Source: BBC

A mosque leader in Bradford has taken legal action against the government over lockdown restrictions on Friday prayers due to coronavirus.

Under the rules, places of worship must remain shut, with a few exceptions.

Tabassum Hussain, from the Jamiyat Tabligh-ul-Islam Mosque, argued the ban was “unlawful” and has been given the go ahead for a High Court challenge.

In court documents, the government said the measures were justified by the need to “protect life and public health”.

During a High Court hearing on Thursday, where permission was granted for Mr Hussain’s challenge to go ahead to a judicial review, it was argued the restrictions were a breach of Mr Hussain’s human rights to practise his religion.

His barrister, Kirsty Brimelow QC, said the Friday prayers, known as the Jummah, are a “fundamental aspect” and an “obligatory” part of the practice of Islam.

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