Coronavirus in Saudi Arabia

Guidelines Issues for Daily Prayers & Friday Prayers at Mosque in Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Interior Ministry has announced an easing of curfews and security measures on the recommendations of health officials to deal with the Coronavirus. Domestic flights are also being launched. According to the health sector the condition is under control. And due to the constant lock-down the mental health of the public is being compromised.

Saudi News Agency Reporting the Matter

According to the Saudi news agency SPA, from Thursday, May 28 to Saturday, May 30, people will be allowed to leave their homes in all parts of Saudi Arabia from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm. The curfew will be relaxed from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm on Sunday, May 31 and Saturday, June 20, while Mecca will be exempt from this facility.

Will Private Transport be Available?

During the curfew, private vehicles will be allowed to travel to all cities and provinces of the country. And people can travel but with complete precautionary measures.

Domestic flights are allowed!

According to the Saudi News Agency (SPA), domestic flights have also been allowed with precautionary measures starting from May 31, 2020.



Several Other Economic and Trade Activities were also Allowed Outside the Curfew

It will open wholesale and retail shops, malls. The Interior Ministry has emphasized that all activities that do not meet the social distance requirement will remain in place.

  1. Barber shops.
  2. Beauty parlors
  3. Fitness centers
  4. Playgrounds
  5. Sports Clubs
  6. Leisure Centers
  7. Cinemas, etc. will remain closed as before.

The Procedure followed is from Sunday

From 31 May, 2020 to the evening of Saturday, June 20, 2020 the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

All areas of Saudi Arabia will be allowed to leave their homes from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Makkah will be exempt from this facility. All economic and commercial activities that have been previously exempted will be allowed. End of suspension of duty in public institutions and private companies.



All be Working Under Certain Conditions

The suspension of duty in Ministries, Government agencies and Private companies was lifted. Employees will be on duty in the offices as per the prescribed rules. The Ministry of Social Welfare will formulate duty regulations in solidarity with the Ministry of Health and relevant agencies.

Finally, Mosques are Going to Open Again

From Sunday, May 31,2020 all Mosques in Saudi Arabia will be open for Friday and obligatory prayers with the congregation. The Mosques of Makkah will be an exception. Security measures will be mandatory in mosques. Friday and congregational prayers will continue in Masjid-ul-Haram with precautionary measures.



Some Activities are still Banned

Activities that do not meet the social distance requirement will remain closed as before. 24-hour social distance in public places will continue. In addition, no more than 50 people will be allowed to attend wedding ceremonies and condolence gatherings.

From Sunday, June 21, the situation will return to normal in all regions and cities of the country, but the ban will remain in place in Makkah. All citizens and expatriates are instructed to adhere to safety precautions.

Restrictions on Umrah and International Flights Maintained

The ban on Umrah and Ziarat will remain in place. International flights will be suspended until further notice. The new situation will be decided by easing and tightening security measures. Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Islamic Affairs, Abdul Latif al-Sheikh, has announced new rules for Friday and congregational prayers in mosques, following a phased easing of restrictions on the corona virus. Will be 15 minutes.



Conditions Set by The Minister of Islamic Affairs

The Minister of Islamic Affairs has set 9 conditions for performing obligatory prayers in mosques and 4 conditions for performing congregational and Friday prayers.  According to the local newspaper that has quoted the regulations issued by the Minister of Islamic Affairs as saying that with the gradual easing of curfew and lock-down from next week, normalcy will begin to be restored.

New Rules Mosques will Open 15 Minutes before the Call to Prayer

The Ministry of Islamic Affairs has said that all mosques in the country should be opened 15 minutes before the call to prayer and closed 10 minutes after the prayer, with an interval of 10 minutes between the call to prayer and the iqamat. In all mosques, windows and doors should be kept open during prayers, and the Holy Quran and books should be taken away from the mosques temporarily.



Still there are the Following Precautions

  1. A distance of at least 2 meters should be maintained between each worshiper in the rows of mosques.
  2. The distance between one row and the other should be equal to one row (i.e. if there were 6 rows in a mosque, make 3 rows there).
  3. Turn off all drinking water coolers and dispensers in mosques.
  4. No food or drink should be provided in the mosques and perfumes and toothbrushes should not be kept.
  5. The ablution rooms of mosques will remain closed. Wudhu will come to mosques from the houses of worship.

Briefing Related to Jummah Prayer

Regarding Friday prayers, the Minister of Islamic Affairs said that Friday prayers should be offered temporarily in small mosques of all areas so that the people of the area can offer prayers in their mosques.



Conditions

  1. The first Adhan of Friday prayers should be given 20 minutes before the time of prayers. Mosques should be opened 20 minutes before the Friday prayers and closed 20 minutes after the prayers.
  2. The duration of Friday sermon and prayer should not exceed 15 minutes.
  3. A temporary ban on teaching in mosques should be maintained.

Reports given

According to local newspaper, more than 98,000 mosques across the country remained closed for 70 days to prevent the spread of the new corona virus. The decision to close was taken on the instructions of the Saudi Ulema Board. The board had banned Friday and congregational prayers in mosques and asked them to be content with giving the call to prayer for obligatory prayers. The Masjid al-Haram in Makkah and the Masjid al-Nabawi in Madinah were exempt from this restriction.



From Sunday 31st May to Saturday 20th June, Friday and obligatory prayers are allowed in all the mosques of the country. The mosques of Makkah will be exempted from this restriction. We pray that the situation gets back to normal as soon as possible so we can again see the rush in Masjid Al Haram.

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