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.