Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has approved Taraweeh prayers (Special night prayers during Ramadan) to be held at the Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah during Ramadan, according to the Saudi Press Agency.
The head of the Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques, Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, confirmed that Taraweeh prayers will be reduced to 10 rakats from 20 rakats and that will be strictly in compliance with the precautionary measures and preventive protocols, prepared by the presidency and other relevant agencies involved in serving the pilgrims and ensuring their safety from coronavirus.
Sheikh al-Sudais highlighted the Saudi leadership’s keenness to continue facilitating the performance of rituals at the two Holy Mosques by mobilizing all means to enable the pilgrims to perform their rituals in a safe and healthy environment that meets all global health standards used in the fields of infection control.
He said, “Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman are continuously following up on everything that would provide the best services for the pilgrims and worshipers during the unprecedented season. The presidency has equipped its full human and mechanical capabilities to serve pilgrims and worshipers during Ramadan in cooperation with all parties involved in serving the guests of God,”.
Earlier, Saudi authorities allowed the performance of Umrah and prayers at the Two Holy Mosques during Ramadan, which is expected to start on Tuesday, but suspended the ritual of Itikaf (spiritual seclusion) and iftar meal at the holy mosques.
The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said that Umrah permits may be obtained through hotels surrounding the Grand Mosque during Ramadan. Related: SR 10,000 fine for those trying to perform Umrah without a permit.