More than 2.5 million people attended prayers at the Grand Mosque
in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah on Friday, the first
day of Ramadan, said a media report.
The Makkah mosque received the largest number of worshippers on
Friday that included thousands of pilgrims from within the Kingdom
and abroad to perform Umrah during the holy month, Arab News
About 28,000 security officers have
been deployed inside and outside the Grand Mosque to ensure the
safety of worshippers.
Maj. Gen. Jameel Arbaeen, director
of Civil Defense in Makkah, said some old pilgrims who fainted
while performing circumambulation (tawaf) around the Kaaba were
given first aid.
The holy month of fasting, Ramadan,
began around the world on Friday and Saturday. The Islamic
calnedar works on lunar system and beginning of a month is decided
by sighting of the moon crescent.
While Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and UAR
began fasting from Friday, some Gulf Nations including Oman
announced began counting the days of Ramadan from Saturday.
In major parts of South Asia
including Indian and Pakistan Ramadan began from Saturday. In some
parts of India including Mumbai and part of Maharashtra Ramadan
began from Sunday as these parts could not see the moon on Friday.