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Al-Aqsa to open Sunday, so do over 90K mosques in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia plans to open for general public Makkah Grand Mosque on June 21 after a review of Corona situation

Friday May 29, 2020 9:52 AM, ummid.com News Network

Masjid opening after lockdown

Riyadh/Amman: Al-Aqsa Mosque, Muslim world's 3rd holiest place located in Jerusalem, will reopen to worshippers from Sunday May 31 after being closed for more than two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Also opening on Sunday are over 90,000 big and small mosques in Saudi Arabia for which a massive sanitization operation in underway, local media reported Friday.

Khalil Assali, a member of the Islamic Waqf which oversees the holy sites in Jerusalem, said that people attending Al-Aqsa Mosque would have to adhere to safety measures put in place by the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

'No overcrowding'

“We have instructed the waqf guards to take all precautions to avoid overcrowding, especially at the gates of the mosque", he has been quoted by Arab News.

Large numbers of worshippers are expected at the mosque for Sunday dawn prayers. Al-Aqsa Mosque was shut in mid-March to all worshippers except for staff of the waqf.

Likewise, worshippers will be allowed to offer prayers in more than 90,000 mosques spread over length and breadth of Saudi Arabia after over two months on Sunday.

Massive sanitization operation

The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance and its staff are all geared up to embark on maintenance, cleaning and sanitization process of more than 90,000 major and minor mosques across the Kingdom, which reopen on the dawn of Sunday, according to Saudi Gazette.

The mosques were closed following the restrictions and lockdown announced to contain the spread of Coronavirus.

Mosques in Makkah to remain closed

The two holy mosques in Makkah and Madinah - Makkah Grand Mosque and Masjid e Nabawi are not closed. However, prayers in the two mosques are allowed only for administrative staff and employees. Even Traweeh and Eid al Fitr prayers were offered in the two holy mosques under strict restrictions.

Saudi Arabia plans to open for general public Makkah Grand Mosque on June 21 after a review of Corona situation.

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