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#6616 [Permalink] Posted on 22nd March 2021 19:26
ZamZam Water Project to resume Supply from Tuesday


The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques has announced that the Zamzam Water project at Kudai Makkah will resume operations from next Tuesday

The project was suspended temporarily last year due to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic as a precautionary measure

The Presidency has stated that the strictest Precautionary measures will be applied

the working Hours will be from 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM daily and each visitor will be limited to 4 bottles at the price of 5.5 Saudi Riyals each.
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#6617 [Permalink] Posted on 22nd March 2021 19:28
Sheikh Sudais inaugurates Special Zamzam carts to cater Ramadan Demand

His Excellency the General President for the Affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet's Mosque, Sheikh Dr. Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, yesterday, Sunday, inaugurated the special vehicles for distributing Zamzam water at the Grand Mosque, in the presence of His Excellency the Deputy President for the Affairs of the Grand Mosque, Dr. Saad bin Muhammad Al Muhaimid.

The Zamzam watering truck, made of rust-resistant stainless steel, contains two containers with a total capacity of 80 liters of chilled and non-chilled water, in addition to two electronic pumps that are continuously sterilized as a precaution for the safety of those visiting the Grand Mosque.

The vehicle is also characterized by its ease of movement inside the Mosque and in the squares with the aim of delivering water to all visitors, in accordance with the highest standards of safety, health and preventive precautions.

His Excellency indicated that the vehicles developed for Zamzam packages come within the framework of the General Presidency's preparations to receive pilgrims and worshipers during the blessed Ramadan season, as all services in the Two Holy Mosques take into account the highest standards of safety and health protection.
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#6618 [Permalink] Posted on 25th March 2021 19:22
No Public Iftars in Mosques during Ramadan

A Okaz/Saudi Gazette report

RIYADH — No iftar (breaking fast) or suhoor buffets (pre-dawn meal) will be allowed in restaurants and hotels during the holy month of Ramadan and there will not be public iftar in mosques also.

The move comes after recommendations were made in this regard by the concerned authorities as part of precautionary measures and preventive protocols to curb the spread of coronavirus during Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitr holidays.

As many as six ministries — interior, health, municipal and rural affairs and housing, Islamic affairs, tourism, and media — have approved the Ramadan and Eid coronavirus preventive plan, a copy of which was obtained by Okaz/Saudi Gazette.

As part of the plan, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Ministry of Tourism will forbid holding iftar buffets and suhoor in restaurants and hotels. Monitoring campaigns will be beefed up in parks and unlicensed playgrounds within the urban areas. There will be a limit for the number of people who are allowed to gather in large parks with setting up of entrances and exits for monitoring while small parks will be closed.

The ministries approved another recommendation to extend the working hours of malls and shopping centers to 24 hours amid an intensified supervision and verification of their compliance with preventive requirements. There will be an updating of protocols for the mechanism for restaurants’ packaging and delivery of takeaway orders with arranging a drive-through delivery system to avoid any congestion that may occur while waiting before the iftar time.

They also underlined the need for the Ministry of Media to participate in preparing and disseminating awareness messages calling on people to adhere to regulations and precautions that ensure the safety of all. The recommendations stipulated the role of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs in preventing i’tikaf and holding public iftar and suhoor inside mosques and their premises. The ministry will also expand the places for Eid prayers by arranging more mosques and prayer areas.
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#6619 [Permalink] Posted on 25th March 2021 19:24
President Sheikh Sudais to reveal Ramadan plans on Sunday
HARAMAIN SHARIFAIN

The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet's Mosque is reviewing its plans for the holy month of Ramadan for the current year 1442 AH and during a press conference remotely on Sunday corresponding to 15 Sha’ban 1442 - in the presence of His Excellency the General President for the Affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque Sheikh Prof. Dr. Abdul Rahman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Sudais, and His Excellency the Acting Minister of Information, Mr. Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qasabi will reveal the plans.

The plan is expected to contain the system of Taraweeh, precautionary measures, plans for Umrah, Iftar, and I'tikaf during the blessed month of Ramadan
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#6620 [Permalink] Posted on 28th March 2021 09:04
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#6621 [Permalink] Posted on 28th March 2021 15:18
Haramain Sharifain to remain Open during Ramadan for visitors and pilgrims

HARAMAIN SHARIFAIN

The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques on Sunday announced the Ramadan plans for this year.

The President for the Affairs of the Holy Mosques, Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al Sudais revealed the plans via press briefing on Sunday.

The plans were focused to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The usual Prayer Rakats of Taraweeh and Tahajjud which is 20 +3 was reduced to 10+3.

Worshippers will be allowed to pray in the Abdullah Expansion, first floor, roof, and Courtyards in Masjid Al Haram

The Mataaf area will remain closed to all except Umrah Pilgrims.

Umrah pilgrims will not be allowed to touch the Ka’bah, and the usual separation will remain in place.

Iftar spreads will be suspended, instead, individual distribution will be conducted.

I’tikaf will remain suspended in the last 10 days this year as well.

Zamzam water supply will remain suspended and will be supplied individually through personnel and bottles.

Permission to enter the Grand Mosque will only be allowed with valid permits issued via the Eatmarna App
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#6622 [Permalink] Posted on 28th March 2021 15:53


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#6623 [Permalink] Posted on 28th March 2021 21:10
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#6624 [Permalink] Posted on 28th March 2021 21:16
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#6625 [Permalink] Posted on 28th March 2021 21:21
Tree planting initiative launched in areas surrounding Makkah’s Grand Mosque

JEDDAH: The chief of the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques launched an initiative to plant trees in the courtyards surrounding the Grand Mosque on Sunday.

The initiative aims to improve the general environment in the Grand Mosque and its courtyards by planting trees in empty spaces and corridors.

The initiative also aims to treat and recycle water used for ablution and use it to irrigate the plants and trees.

Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Sudais said the initiative is in line with the Kingdom's Vision 2030 which seeks to enhance vegetation cover because of its positive impact on improving the environment.

He added that this initiative would also help alleviate the effects of global warming, reduce air pollution and improve air quality.
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#6626 [Permalink] Posted on 29th March 2021 20:32
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• There will be five areas available for prayers at Makkah’s Grand Mosque, including the eastern courtyard, and a designated area for worshippers with special needs.

• Umrah pilgrims will also be able to perform Tawaf on the first floor throughout the month.

• Zamzam water coolers remain unavailable, but ushers will provide 200,000 bottles of Zamzam water on a daily basis.

• Those who wish to break their fast at the Grand Mosque or Prophet’s Mosque will be allowed to bring in water and dates for personal consumption only. No sharing or distribution will be allowed.
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#6627 [Permalink] Posted on 1st April 2021 18:46
Vaccination not required to perform Umrah in Ramadan

On Twitter, the ministry’s customer service center account said that inoculations are not a requirement yet to get permission for Umrah during Ramadan. (SPA)

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Workers in sectors providing Hajj and Umrah-related services required to be inoculated before Ramadan starts on April 12
Workers not vaccinated must provide proof of a negative PCR test result, renewable every 7 days

RUBA OBAID
April 01, 2021

JEDDAH: Pilgrims wishing to perform Umrah during Ramadan this year will not have to be vaccinated against the coronavirus (COVID-19), according to the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah.

While answering a query about vaccinations on Twitter, the ministry’s customer service center account said that inoculations are not a requirement yet to get permission for Umrah during Ramadan.

However, the ministry earlier this week issued a circular that requires sectors operating in Hajj and Umrah-related services to vaccinate their entire staff before Ramadan starts on April 12. Workers not vaccinated must provide proof of a negative PCR test result, renewed every seven days at the facility’s expense.

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#6628 [Permalink] Posted on 2nd April 2021 00:05
Man arrested at Grand Mosque after brandishing weapon, shouting terrorist slogans
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April 01, 2021

RIYADH: A man was arrested at the Grand Mosque in Makkah after brandishing a weapon and shouting terrorist slogans on Tuesday.

The man was arrested after Asr prayers on the first floor of the Grand Mosque after he was spotted shouting expressions supporting terrorist groups and organizations, Makkah region police said.

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#6629 [Permalink] Posted on 2nd April 2021 00:38
I have seen the video. Shots can be heard in the video. Don't know why they just didn't taser him unless it was rubber bullets to the legs.
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#6630 [Permalink] Posted on 2nd April 2021 12:40
Children not allowed in Saudi Arabia’s Prophet’s Mosque during Ramadan

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Plan includes shortening Tarawih prayer time to half, and suspending itikaf

RUBA OBAID
April 02, 2021

JEDDAH: Children under the age of 15 will not be allowed to enter the Prophet’s Mosque and its courtyards during Ramadan as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), according to the mosque’s general presidency.

The Ramadan plan by the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Prophet’s Mosque also included shortening Tarawih prayer time to half, closing the mosque 30 minutes after Tarawih prayer, and suspending itikaf (staying in a mosque for a certain number of days, devoting oneself to worship) for the second year in a row.

Moreover, those who wish to break their fast at the Prophet’s Mosque will be offered water and dates for personal consumption only. No sharing, distribution, or gatherings will be allowed.

Arranging and distributing sahoor meals at the mosque’s courtyards are also not allowed.

Worshippers are required to use the national parking app “Mawqif” to facilitate their exit from the mosque.
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