Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah prepares for Ramadan amid pandemic

Three million bottles of Zamzam water will be distributed to worshipers and visitors during Ramadan

  
Muslims pray during the Laylat al-Qadr, or Night of Power, the holiest night for Muslims, while practicing social distancing, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), during the fasting month of Ramadan, at the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia May 19, 2020. Saudi Press Agency/Handout via REUTERS

Muslims pray during the Laylat al-Qadr, or Night of Power, the holiest night for Muslims, while practicing social distancing, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), during the fasting month of Ramadan, at the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia May 19, 2020. Saudi Press Agency/Handout via REUTERS

 
MADINAH: The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Prophet’s Mosque is intensifying efforts to prepare the mosque ahead of the holy month of Ramadan in line with COVID-19 precautionary measures.

Only people who have received two doses of a coronavirus vaccine or have recovered from the virus or have had one shot of a vaccine more than 14 days prior to visiting the mosque may visit or pray in the Rawdah, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

The Rawdah lies between the Sacred Chamber (known as the Prophet’s house), and the Prophet’s Minbar (pulpit).

Each person’s vaccination status will need to be registered on Saudi Arabia’s COVID-19 app, Tawakkalna.

Three million bottles of Zamzam water will be distributed to worshipers and visitors during Ramadan which amounts to 100,000 bottles of water per day, the presidency said.

Each worshipper will be individually presented with dates and water for Iftar and social distancing is to be observed at all times.

Arranging and distributing sahoor meals in the mosque’s courtyards is prohibited, the presidency said.

Itikaf (staying in a mosque for a certain number of days whilst devoting oneself to worship) will be suspended for the second year running due to the pandemic.

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

Ramadan 2021 is due to start on either Monday or Tuesday in the Kingdom.

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