Prophet’s Mosque to Host Taraweeh Prayers with COVID Health Rules

Saudi authorities have announced that the Prophet’s (PBUH) Mosque in Madinah will host Taraweeh prayers during Ramadan.

“Taraweeh prayer will be performed in the Prophet’s Mosque during the holy month of Ramadan along with the obligatory prayers,” Sheikh Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Sudais, Head of the Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques, pointed out while announcing the presidency’s plans for the holy month, Saudi Gazette reported.

The mosque will hold a maximum of 60,000 worshippers at once, Al Sudais added.

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He added that authorities will apply special measures to protect worshippers with the intensity of the movement of visitors and worshipers in the Prophet’s Mosque.

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“The season this year is exceptional amid the COVID-19 pandemic, characterized by the presence of worshipers in the Prophet’s Mosque in certain numbers, in line with the precautionary measures,” Al-Sudais stressed.

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Special Restrictions

Worshipers will pray in the “Hassawaat Area”, expansions, roofs, and piazzas, according to a grouping plan based on densities and implementation of the precautionary measures.

As per Saudi authorities, the Prophet’s (PBUH) Mosque will be closed half an hour after the Taraweeh prayer. It will open its doors two hours before the dawn prayer.

The mosque will be open around the clock only during the last ten days of the Holy Month of Ramadan.

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Ramadan is the month of multiple blessings. It is the time of fasting and of extensive spiritual exercise.

During Ramadan, Muslims make special effort to find time for recitation and study of the Holy Quran, for supererogatory prayers, such as Taraweeh, and other charitable deeds.

Taraweeh, the extra night prayers performed by the believers usually after Isha (evening prayers) and lasting from eight to twenty rakahs, bring great spiritual and psychological comforts, despite the physical and mental effort required to practice them.