Worshippers are being asked to perform Wudu (ablution) at home in a bid to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

One Bolton mosque was amongst others which is now asking their worshippers to perform the obligatory washing before prayers at home.

The mosques had no cases of coronavirus.

Muslims cleanse parts of the body, a ritual purification and involves washing the hands, mouth, nostrils, arms, head and feet with water.

The Ghosia Masjid posted, "The Masjid Wudhu area will be closed until further notice to minimise the risk of infection. Please perform Wudhu prior to making your journey to the Masjid for Salah. JazakAllah."

Lenton Muslim Centre in Nottingham has also told worshippers to perform Wudu at home (where possible) and suspend shaking hands.

Imam Husnain Yaqoob posted, "After consultation with my teachers, Lenton Muslim Centre has made the decision to temporarily suspend the practise of hand shaking after prayers. Attendees have also been encouraged to perform wudu at home where possible, and bring their own sajjaadas."

As the coronavirus spread across the world many Muslims shared how they were already taught to wash their hands as part of the ablution.

Earlier this week The Muslims Council of Britain had given advice to mosques and madrasas as on what to do in the event of the virus spreading further.

As part of the advice the MCB said, "Mosques, madrasas and Muslim community centres should already be following best hygiene practices, but during this COVID-19 outbreak it is especially important that:

"Wudu (ablution) areas have sufficient soap, hand sanitiser and paper towels to ensure visitors are able to comply with hygiene advice.

"Carpeted prayer halls are cleaned more regularly than normal and keeping the building/rooms well ventilated at all times

"Displaying posters produced by public health bodies regarding hygiene and handwashing."