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#6361 [Permalink] Posted on 23rd April 2020 15:54
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How the moon can be sighted in the Middle East is beyond imagination!



If only the readers of HaramainInfo were to also see this!
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#6362 [Permalink] Posted on 23rd April 2020 16:09
Is it allowed to focus Telescopes towards sunset place and look through the telescope before sunset.

I understand it is prohibited, they operate the telescopes minutes after sunset.

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#6363 [Permalink] Posted on 23rd April 2020 16:22
Triangular barriers removed from around the Ka'bah.

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#6364 [Permalink] Posted on 23rd April 2020 16:41
This should be very interesting.

It's painfully obvious, the Ummah are going to have two start dates for Ramadan.
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#6365 [Permalink] Posted on 23rd April 2020 16:51
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There will be no evidence of such sightings!
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#6366 [Permalink] Posted on 23rd April 2020 17:09
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Scholars from sub-continent request them. You declare that; we follow the criteria of "on 29th, moonset after sunset, hilal is declared".

If local scholars agree with it follow it. But don't confuse.

No one can sight the hilal within 6 minutes and some 20 years back, moon set was before sunset and positive moon sighting was declared. (that time criteria was different)
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#6367 [Permalink] Posted on 24th April 2020 14:28
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#6368 [Permalink] Posted on 25th April 2020 00:29
Saudi Arabia to eliminate flogging punishment


RIYADH — Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court is set to implement a directive from higher authorities calling for elimination of flogging as a form of punishment in judicial verdicts, Okaz Arabic daily has learned from reliable sources.

Apart from this, some media reports claiming to have seen a document from the Kingdom’s top court say that the directive instructs the General Commission for the Supreme Court to issue a guideline requiring courts to limit their discretionary (Ta’ziri) punishments to jail term, fines, or a mixture of the two.

It is noteworthy that the General Commission for the Supreme Court has issued a decision, with a majority vote, stipulating that it should suffice courts to restrict discretionary penalties to jail term or fine, or both, or alternative penalties, as the ruler sees fit and in line with the regulations or decisions the ruler issues, in this connection.

The sources added that it is incumbent upon the courts to implement this principle and not to digress from it whatsoever.

The elimination of flogging as a punishment is the latest in a series of steps taken by the Kingdom to modernize its judicial system.

In Islamic jurisprudence (Shariah), flogging falls under the category of Ta’zir, meaning punishment dispensed at the discretion of the judiciary or leadership for offenses where punishments are not specified in the Holy Qur’an or the Hadith — the two main sources for the Shariah law.

It may be recalled that late last year, the Saudi Shoura Council member Faisal Al-Fadhil, had called for abrogation of the flogging penalty and restricting it only to Hudood cases, which entail capital punishment, in the Shariah law.

Okaz Arabic daily quoted sources as saying that Al-Fadhil stressed, in this connection, that “the basis for punishment should be reform”.

Al-Fadhil also emphasized that Article Five of the Human Rights Commission gives the HRC the jurisdiction to be involved in the legislative aspects of enacting draft laws related to human rights.

He also called for revising the existing regulations and suggested amending them, in line with the regulatory procedures.

Al-Fadhil called on the Human Rights Commission to come up with initiatives in cooperation with the related authorities to enact new regulations that will fill the legislative gaps pertaining to human rights.

He said that the new regulations are needed especially since the guiding principle of the punitive system as mentioned in one of its articles is that there is no crime or punishment except on the basis of a clear Shariah or regulatory text.”
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#6369 [Permalink] Posted on 26th April 2020 14:50
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#6370 [Permalink] Posted on 26th April 2020 16:53
Worshipers maintain social distancing during Taraweeh

MAKKAH — Worshipers in the Grand Mosque have been maintaining social distancing during Taraweeh prayers to prevent the spread of coronavirus.



Pictures and videos showed the Grand Mosque in Makkah largely empty of worshipers on the first two days of the holy month of Ramadan as authorities closed the holy site as part of measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

Prayers from inside the Grand Mosque during Ramadan were restricted to clerics, security staff and cleaners.

Earlier on Thursday, the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques removed the protective barricades placed around Holy Kaaba as part of the precautionary measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Over 3,500 workers are currently working around-the-clock to sterilize the Grand Mosque and its outer yards during the month of Ramadan.

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has approved a reduced version of Taraweeh prayers performed at the Grand Mosque in Makkah and Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah while still suspending the public from praying within the grounds during Ramadan.
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#6371 [Permalink] Posted on 26th April 2020 23:17
Saudi Arabia abolishes the death penalty for crimes committed by minors

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26 April 2020

Saudi Arabia on Sunday ended the death penalty for crimes committed by minors after effectively abolishing floggings as the kingdom seeks to blunt criticism over its human rights record.

The reforms underscore a push by de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to modernise the ultra-conservative kingdom long associated with a fundamentalist strain of Wahhabi Islam.

The death penalty has been eliminated for those convicted of crimes committed while they were minors, Human Rights Commission president Awwad Alawwad said in a statement, citing a royal decree.

"Instead, the individual will receive a prison sentence of no longer than 10 years in a juvenile detention facility," the statement said.

The decree is expected to spare the lives of at least six men from the minority Shiite community who are on death row.

The were accused of taking part in anti-government protests during the Arab Spring uprisings while they were under the age of 18.

United Nations human rights experts made an urgent appeal to Saudi Arabia last year to halt plans to execute them.

"This is an important day for Saudi Arabia," said Awwad Alawwad.

"The decree helps us in establishing a more modern penal code."

High rate of execution

The kingdom has one of the world's highest rates of execution, with suspects convicted of terrorism, homicide, rape, armed robbery and drug trafficking facing the death penalty.

Saudi Arabia executed at least 187 people in 2019, according to a tally based on official data, the highest since 1995 when 195 people were put to death.

Since January 12 people were executed, according to official data.

Human rights groups have repeatedly raised concerns about the fairness of trials in the kingdom, an absolute monarchy governed under a strict form of Islamic law.

On Saturday, the HRC announced Saudi Arabia had effectively abolished flogging as a punishment, which have long drawn condemnation from human rights groups.

The most high-profile instance of flogging in recent years was the case of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi who was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes in 2014 on charges of "insulting" Islam.

But "hudud" or harsher punishment under Islamic law such as floggings are still applicable for serious offences, a Saudi official said.

"Hudud", which means "boundaries" in Arabic, is meted out for such sins as rape, murder or theft.

But "hudud" punishments are rarely meted out as many offences must be proved by a confession or be verified by several adult Muslim witnesses, the official added.
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#6372 [Permalink] Posted on 26th April 2020 23:58
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#6373 [Permalink] Posted on 28th April 2020 14:48
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#6374 [Permalink] Posted on 28th April 2020 22:29
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#6375 [Permalink] Posted on 29th April 2020 22:05
Days would come (soon) when worshipers return to the Two Holy Mosques

April 29, 2020

MAKKAH — Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, head of the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques, on Tuesday gave glad tidings to the faithful, with his reassuring words: “Days would come (soon) when worshipers return to the Two Holy Mosques.”

In a video, transmitted by various media outlets and posted on official social media accounts, Sheikh Al-Sudais said: “Days (will come) when the sorrow will be driven away from the Islamic Ummah and we return to the Two Holy Mosques for tawaf (circumambulation around the Holy Ka'ba), sa'i (the ritual of hastening between the hills of Safa and Marwa) and praying at Al-Rawdah Sharif and greet the Prophet (peace be upon him).”

“Things will return, God willing, as they were, as the State is keen on creating a sound and healthy environment,” he said while calling on the faithful not to rush to be freed from the restrictions enforced as part of the precautionary measures to stem the spread of coronavirus.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Haj and Umrah, in a statement posted on its official Twitter account, also reassured the worshipers: “God willing, under the wise leadership of our government, and in line with our commitment to abide by the procedures and instructions issued by the competent authorities, there will be a return to Makkah, with reopening of the Haram and return to visit the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah for the faithful from all corners of the globe... the feelings of Muslims are with us and we have support from everywhere.”

Thermal cameras in Grand Mosque

Earlier, Sheikh Al-Sudais monitored the installation of thermal cameras in the Grand Mosque that detect coronavirus.

The cameras, which can accurately scan the temperatures of up to 25 people at the same time, were placed at the entrances of the mosque’s courtyards.

“Today, thank God, we have launched thermal camera devices that scan inside the holy sites from the doors. If a person is suspected of being sick it will show on this device,” Al-Sudais said.

Similar cameras were put up in the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina earlier this month.
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