Iftar (breaking quick) and performing i’tikaaf (the observe of staying at a mosque for worship for a sure variety of days) will stay banned in Saudi Arabia’s Two Holy Mosques — Grand Mosque in Mecca and the Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) Mosque in Madina — throughout Ramadan because of the pandemic.
Saudi Gazette, citing the top of the Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques, Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, stated the federal government was making ready to offer ready-made iftars for these visiting the Grand Mosque.
In the meantime, the “distribution of suhoor amongst guests, worshipers, and others within the areas of the Prophet’s Mosque and its courtyards and premises can be forbidden.”
“The mataf (space for circumambulation across the Holy Kaaba) can be designated just for Umrah pilgrims and there can be 5 designated areas contained in the Grand Mosque and its jap courtyard for efficiency of prayers,” he stated.
“Translators working on the Grand Mosque will present steerage service and translate inquiries to students who will situation fatwas (spiritual edicts) in 23 languages,” he stated. “There may also be signal language interpreters for the Friday sermon.”