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Ramadan in Lockdown: First Taraweeh offered at Makkah Haram, Masjid e Nabawi

Five time daily and Friday prayers are suspended all across the Kingdom except in the two holy mosques

Friday April 24, 2020 11:01 AM, ummid.com News Network

Madinah Taraweeh

[Five time daily and Friday prayers are suspended all across the Kingdom except in the two holy mosques. (Photo: Saudi Press agency SPA)]

Makkah/Madinah: The first Taraweeh prayer on the first night of the holy month of Ramadan was offered at the Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah on Thursday night with continued suspension of entry of worshipers due to coronavirus lockdown.

The reduced version of the Taraweeh prayer comprising five Tasleemat (10 Rak’ahs), which was earlier approved by Saudi King Salman, was attended by only employees and workers of the General Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques' Affairs.

Five time daily and Friday prayers are suspended all across the Kingdom except in the two holy mosques. With the arrival of Raman, the Holy month of fasting, Saudi Arabia extended the suspension to Traweeh prayers and asked worshippers to pray the Ramadan special prayer offered during the night, at home.

“To tell you the truth, it pains me to welcome the glorious month of Ramadan under circumstances that forbid us from performing congregational prayers and the Ramadan prayers of taraweeh and Qiyamul lail in the houses of God", King Salman said Thursday in a message ahead of Ramadan.

“All this is due to the precautionary measures taken to save human lives and their wellbeing in confronting the coronavirus pandemic,” he said while emphasizing that the provisions of the Islamic Shariah made safeguarding human lives an extremely significant thing.

“Ramadan has entered this year while we are living in circumstances that have extreme impact on the entire humanity and we are passing through the difficult and sensitive phase of world history due to the outbreak of the pandemic, despite the measures taken by countries of the world and humanitarian organizations to prevent its spread,” he said.

He added that the Kingdom is keen to serve the citizens and expatriates as well as to ensure their safety.

Referring to the Kingdom’s sublime position in serving the Two Holy Mosques, the King said, “Among the nations, we are bestowed by Allah- the Almighty, with the great honor and dignity to serve His Great House in Makkah, and His Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah — a service that we honor and strive to fulfill, with hosting the guests of God, including Haj and Umrah pilgrims and visitors, and keeping awake for their comfort."

"We are also proud of the string of precautionary measures taken by the Kingdom to limit the spread of the coronavirus pandemic,” he said.

As of Thursday April 23, Saudi Arabia have recorded 13,930 confirmed Covid-19 positive cases, including 121 deaths. Among those found positive for Coronavirus, majority are expatriates.

Makkah and Madinah - the two holy cities of the Muslim world, are among the worst Corona hit cities in Saudi Arabia.

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