Saudi Arabia: Tarawih allowed in the two holy mosques

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Muslims feared the ban of Tarawih prayers in Mecca because of the Corona Virus pandemic , Fortunately ,King Salman of Saudi Arabia authorized Tarawih prayers in the Grand Mosque of Mecca and the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina during Ramadan, in condition to reduce them to 10 raka’ats.

Indeed, Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, head of the presidency for the affairs of the two holy mosques, declared that the decision was based on King Salman’s willingness to continue to organize the rituals in the two mosques by providing all the means available to help the faithful to perform the rites in a safe environment that meets all international health standards.

He added that the presidency is making every effort to serve pilgrims and worshipers during Ramadan.

The Ministry of Islamic Affairs has announced that the Tarawih and Qiyaam prayers will be combined with the Isha prayer in all mosques in the Kingdom, and that they will not exceed 30 minutes.

The Ministry declares also that the decision was taken to reduce the length of time worshipers spend inside mosques to avoid high risks of infection.

The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah indicates that from the 1st day of Ramadan, permits for Umrah, prayers and visits to the two holy mosques will be issued to people who have received the Covid-19 vaccine, depending on the availability of numbers allowed to enter the Grand Mosque, by applying in the Tawakkalna app.

The ministry also indicates that Umrah permits can be obtained in hotels surrounding the Grand Mosque during Ramadan.

Authorities announced last week that only pilgrims with permits will be allowed to enter the Grand Mosque and perform Umrah prayers during the month of Ramadan and that until the end of the pandemic.

The ministry, in coordination with the Saudi Authority for Data and Artificial Intelligence, reports that hotels will only be able to issue Umrah permits, not permits to pray in the Grand Mosque, via the Tawakkalna and Eatmarna apps, in accordance with regulatory requirements and approved health protocols.

The ministry specifies that these measures are in addition to the controls and protocols previously announced for the issuance of Umrah permits as well as prayer permits in the Grand Mosque during Ramadan for those who meet health requirements, so that the services provided pilgrims from the public and private sectors are successful.

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