Ministry of Islamic Affairs issues guidelines for mosques

Ministry of Islamic Affairs sets rules for worshipers and mosques as it reopens

Saudi Arabia will allow mosques to open for five daily congregational prayers and Friday prayers, the SPA reported on Tuesday, as the kingdom starts to ease restrictions on movement, except in Makkah.

According to a report published by the Saudi Press Agency, the Ministry of Islamic Affairs has instructed in a circular issued to mosque staff that all mosques must comply with the following precautionary measures and instructions:

Mosques are authorised to be open 15 minutes before prayers and should close 10 minutes after they finish.

Reduce the waiting period between Adhan and Iqamah to 10 minutes.

Open windows and doors from entering time to the end of the prayer

Do not allow distribution of water or food in mosques

Mosques will be allowed to open 20 minutes before the start of Friday prayers and should be closed 20 minutes after the prayer is finished. Friday sermons and prayers should be completed within a total of 15 minutes.

Remove copies of Holy Qur’an and other books temporarily from mosques.

The worshippers must leave a distance of two meters between them and a space of one row between the two rows.

All water coolers and refrigerators must be closed.

Toilets and ablution places inside the mosques are to be closed.

The suspension of lessons, lectures and classes for memorization of the Holy Quran in mosques must be maintained. Education and lectures are to be continued remotely.

Worshipers should wear a face mask and bring their own praying carpets with them.

Children under 15 years of age are not allowed to come to the mosque.

Worshippers should avoid crowding when entering or exiting mosques