The Prophet’s Mosque in Medina, Saudi Arabia
The Prophet’s Mosque in Medina. Last Ramadan, authorities enabled just the circulation of iftar meals to worshippers in the mosque. This year’s Ramadan is anticipated to begin on April 2.
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Cairo: Saudi authorities in charge of the Prophet Mosque in Medina have stated that the iftar banquets, typically hosted in the holy website in the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, will be permitted once again after a two-year suspension due to COVID-19, a regional paper has actually reported.

The authorised hosts of the banquets are needed to fulfill specific conditions. They consist of limiting the varieties of according to the pandemic circumstance, contracting a recognized catering company, hosting 5 individuals on a single carpet in case of implementing physical distancing and 12 individuals in case of non-distancing, according to Okaz.

Other requirements consist of sitting at the banquet in one row in the instructions of the Qibla, i.e. the instructions of Kaaba in Mecca that Muslims deal with in their prayers, and the company’s requirement to upgrade information beginning with the upcoming Islamic lunar month of Rajab, i.e. 2 months prior to Ramadan.

The yearly iftar banquets in the Prophet Mosque were suspended in 2020 as part of safety measures versus COVID-19

Last Ramadan, authorities permitted just the circulation of iftar meals to worshippers in the mosque. This year’s Ramadan is anticipated to begin on April 2.

Last October, the Grand Mosque that houses the Holy Kaaba in Mecca and the Prophet Mosque went back to run at complete capability.

However, last month, physical distancing was re-enforced in both locations after it was cancelled as the kingdom saw a rise in the infection infections.