MAKKAH — Worshipers and Umrah Pilgrims performed the last Friday prayer in the holy month of Ramadan 2022 at the Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah.
In an overwhelming spirituality and an atmosphere full of faith, worshipers performed their prayers in the Two Holy Mosques, thanking Allah- the Almighty for blessings of security, safety, comfort and stability, and beseeching Him to end the Covid pandemic.
Grand Mosque’ third Saudi Expansion receives 19 million worshipers during Ramadan 2022
All Their gathering was smooth and orderly thanks to the meticulous and flawless arrangements made by the Saudi Ministry authorities that enabled them to spend the day in a highly spiritual and serene atmosphere.
The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques has intensified the cleaning, disinfection and sterilization operations using environment-friendly disinfectants and detergents. It carries out 10 washing operations at the Grand Mosque per day as part of the precautionary measures.
The Ministry has prepared more than 45 field teams which are working round the clock to sterilize all corners of the Grand Mosque and its external yards. It also provided more than 300 high-quality modern devices for sterilizing hands and about 70 devices that measure temperatures through remote sensing.
Meanwhile, Number of worshipers commended the services provided at the Grand Mosque, expressing their appreciation for the development of services as well as the implementation of precautionary measures. They also praised all services being provided by the Saudi Arabia government to serve the Two Holy Mosques and their visitors.
MAKKAH — The number of worshipers in the third Saudi expansion of the Grand Holy Mosque has reached nearly 19 million during the holy month of Ramadan.
Director of the General Department of Northern Expansion Eng. Walid Al-Masoudi said that the third Saudi expansion, in cooperation with all partners of success, received about 18,911,278 worshipers for all the five obligatory prayers, in addition to the Tarawih and Tahajjud prayers.
The expansion received more than 500,000 worshipers per hour, half of them with 250 worshipers inside the expansion, and the other half with 250 worshipers in the squares, he said.
Al-Masoudi added that the worshipers were divided throughout the days of Ramadan in all the floors of the expansion building, in the ground floor, first floor, first mezzanine, second, and second mezzanine with balconies, and the surrounding northern and western squares.
Al-Masoudi stressed that these efforts come under the directives of the General President of the Affairs of the Grand Mosque and Prophet’s Mosque, in fulfillment of the aspirations of the wise leadership.
Saudi Arabia MAKKAH: The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has announced that it will conduct this year’s Hajj with participation of Hujjaj Hajj Pilgrims from around the world for the first time in 2 years.
The Ministry also said that it had set the maximum number of participants to be 1 million, a jump from 60,000 Hujjaj last year under the COVID-19 Precautionary Measures.
Among the requirements the Ministry said that the Hujjaj would need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and the maximum age of Hujjaj has been set to 65 years.
The Supreme Court has called all muslims around Saudi Arabia to sight Shawwal crescent on Saturday night, 29 Ramadan 1443 AH – according to Umm Al-Qura calendar – corresponding to April 30 2022 AD.
Anyone who can see the crescent of Shawwal with the naked eye or through binoculars must report to the nearest court and in addition to register his testimony, the Supreme Court said.
that the Minister of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance Sheikh Dr. Abdullatif Bin Abdulaziz Al Al-Sheikh has directed the ministry’ branches to prepare all mosques and outdoor chapels to receive worshipers to perform Eid Al-Fitr prayers.
Al Al-Sheikh has set the time for Eid Al-Fitr prayers for the year 1443-2022, which will be 15 minutes after sunrise, according to the Umm Al-Qura calendar.
The Saudi Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development (MHRSD) has announced earlier that there will be four-day Eid Al-Fitr 2022 holidays for the private and non-profit sectors in the Kingdom.
The holidays will start from the end of the working day on Saturday, April 30 (Ramadan 29), the ministry said in a statement..
The Ministry of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia decided to raise the number of Hajj pilgrims for this year 2022 to one million from inside and outside the Country, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Saturday.
The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has announced that it has authorized one million Haj Pilgrims, both foreign and domestic, to perform Hajj Rituals this year 1443H / 2022.
The ministry also declare that the Kingdom of Saudi is keen on ensuring that the maximum number of Muslims around the world can perform This Year Hajj 2022 and visit the Prophet’s Mosque in a safe and spiritual atmosphere.
“This would be the supreme importance to the government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to preserve the safety and security of Hajj pilgrims as well as visitors to the Prophet’s Mosque Madina.”
The pilgrims coming from specific countries for this year’s Hajj will be in accordance with the quotas systems allocated to Each country as per the consideration of compliance with all health recommendations.
The ministry has also clarified that this year’s Hajj will be conducted according to the following regulations:
1. This year’s Hajj is open to those who are under 65 years old and have received approved COVID-19 vaccinations by the Saudi Ministry of Health.
2. Pilgrims arriving from outside the Kingdom are mandatory required to submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test result performed within 72 hours of the time of departure to the Kingdom.
The ministry has instructed that all Guests / pilgrims must follow health instructions and comply, all precautionary measures to preserve their safety and health while performing the Hajj and Umrah rituals.
How to Book Itikaf Registration In The Two Holy Mosques in Ramadan 2022
The registration for I’tikaf Itikaf (Aetikaf) in the Two Holy Mosques Last 10 Days of Ramadan 1443.
The Ministry of Haj & Umrah & General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques opened registration which will continue until 10th of Ramadan 1443 Hijri.
The below link are registration portal for Booking Itikaf or (Aetikaf) and can only be accessed within Saudi Arabia only through the following links:
Booking for Itikaf or (Aetikaf) in Makkah Masjid Al Haram, : https://bit.ly/3qIx6HU
Booking for Itikaf or (Aetikaf) in Madina Masjid Al Nabawi : https://bit.ly/3Nwf4Ck
What Are The Protocols For Two Holy Mosques Makkah Madina Ramadan 2022
The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques has announced its operational plans for Masjid Al Haram Makkah and Masjid Al Nabawi Madina for Ramadan 1443.
After lifting of most precautionary measures in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia after the cases of COVID-19 winded down, The Ministry has also removed most restrictions for visitors and Umrah pilgrims arriving from within the Kingdom and from outside the Country.
- Removed Vaccine Mandate: Guests / Pilgrims and Visitors can arrive in the Kingdom without registering their Vaccination proof document meaning unvaccinated pilgrims can now also arrive.
- Removed Social and Physical Distancing Requirements: The Ministry of Saudi Arabia also removed the requirement to physically and socially distance in the Grand Mosques
- Capacity restrictions removed: The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah have agreed to remove capacity restrictions in the Grand Mosques and have returned to pre-pandemic numbers.
- Removal of Requirement to obtain permits for Prayers and Ziyarah.
- Removal of waiting time to obtain Umrah permits: This means that an Umrah permit can be obtained immediately after the expiration of the current one.
- The number of Umrah permits for Ramadan 2022 will remain uncapped: This means that Umrah permits will always be available for reservation.
- Mass Iftar Sufras will return.
- The Two Holy Mosques will remain open around the clock during Ramadan This Year and upcoming Ramadan 2023 Ramazan 1444 Hijri.
- I’tikaf will resume from 20 Ramadan till the eve of Eid Al Fitr
Few restrictions still remain Mandatory which includes:
- Obtaining of Umrah Permits Makkah and Rawdah Al Shareefah permits Madina via the Eatmarna or Tawakalana Applications
- Masks to be worn by everyone in closed spaces
- The Mataaf will be limited to Umrah Pilgrims only.
- Nafl Tawaaf can be performed on First Floor of the Mosque
- A total of 517,000 Rawdah Permits will be issued during Ramadan which will be need to be reserved through the Eatmarna or Tawakalana Applications
Some Protocols are yet to be announced such as the system of Taraweeh in the Two Holy Mosques which had been modified for the last 2 years.