RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will reopen the Masjid-e-Nabawi – the mosque of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) – in Madinah gradually to the public starting Sunday (today).
Mosques across the Kingdom, except for those in Makkah, will open their doors to worshippers on Sunday as part of an ease in the curfew restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The Saudi minister of Islamic affairs announced on Friday the readiness of the Kingdom’s mosques to welcome worshippers after he completed field trips to check on necessary preparations. “Throughout our inspection trips, we found our mosques to have completed preparations and are in the best condition,” Abdullatif bin Abdulaziz Al-Sheikh said.
Saudi King Salman and Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques approved on Friday the opening of the Masjid-e-Nabawi in Madinah gradually to the public.
The mosque will be reopened under strict precautionary measures, limiting the congregation to 40 percent of the mosque’s capacity at a time. Only the expansion and courtyards will be completed opened for worshippers.
The worshipers were allowed to enter the mosque from Fajr prayers on Sunday morning. Prayer rugs spread in the mosque will be removed from the courtyards and prayers will be offered on marble flooring.
The worshipers must adhere to the precautionary measures and wear masks while going to the mosque for prayers. There are arrangements made to sterilise the mosque and wash the floors after every prayer.
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