Rules outlined for ‘itikaf’ in Prophet’s Mosque

Updated 02 July 2013
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Rules outlined for ‘itikaf’ in Prophet’s Mosque

The Department for Prophet’s Mosque Affairs has outlined a comprehensive plan for the annual ritual called “itikaf”.
Itikaf essentially refers to the stay in a mosque for prayer and meditation.
In a statement posted on its website, the department has listed the terms and conditions for people who wish to perform itikaf.
According to the plan, those interested must ensure that the holy mosque is kept clean, other worshippers are not disturbed and that they should end their itikaf after Isha prayers on the eve of Eid.
Prospective individuals intending to perform itikaf have been advised to only bring in a cover and a cushion, and not to place their personal belongings onto windows, in shoe boxes and in the bookshelves that have been especially set aside for copies of the Qur’an.
Those performing itikaf are also asked not to sleep in prayer rows and to only do so in designated areas located in the northern side of the mosque.
Itikaf is an Islamic practice consisting of a period of spiritual retreat in a mosque for a certain number of days.
It is most common during the month of Ramadan, especially during the last 10 days, and is a Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Muslims who perform itikaf are encouraged to spend their time reading the Qur’an, performing prayers and seeking blessings from the Almighty Allah.


Saudi Red Crescent launches app to use in emergency

The app users can send an urgent distress signal in extreme emergencies to the Red Crescent. (SPA)
Updated 23 min 49 sec ago
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Saudi Red Crescent launches app to use in emergency

  • The App allows ambulance teams to locate users and provides a list of the nearest health facilities
  • The Aseafni app also supports users with special needs — people with impaired hearing or speech

RIYADH: The Saudi Red Crescent Authority has launched the “Aseafni” application to receive emergency service requests through smartphones in six different languages, reported the Saudi Press Agency.
It is part of its efforts to provide the best emergency services across the Kingdom.
The app allows users to report an incident using a smartphone, call an emergency team, request help by sending a distress signal, and view the report’s status and track it.
It also allows ambulance teams to locate users and provides a list of the nearest health facilities, the emergency numbers of other relief agencies, and the option of logging a person’s medical history.
The Aseafni app also supports users with special needs — people with impaired hearing or speech — by allowing them to send distress signals or request an emergency service without having to make a phone call.
The app users can also send an urgent distress signal in extreme emergencies to the Red Crescent and other emergency contacts (family and friends) through the SMS service. AN Riyadh