Saudi Shoura approves study on reduction of time between calls to prayer

The proposal was previously filed by Council member Ata Al-Subaiti. (SPA)
Updated 10 May 2017
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Saudi Shoura approves study on reduction of time between calls to prayer

JEDDAH: The Shoura Council has approved a proposal calling on the Ministry of Islamic Affairs to reduce the period of time between the first (Adhan) and second (Iqama) calls to prayer to five minutes for mosques that are either inside malls/shopping centers or close to them, according to Al-Madina newspaper.
The proposal was previously filed by Council member Ata Al-Subaiti, who said there were multiple considerations when discussing the issue.
Firstly, he said, in Islam there is no specific period of time allotted in between the two calls to prayer. According to a fatwa by late Islamic scholar Muhammad ibn Uthaymeen, each country determines the time based on its people’s interests, he added.
Secondly, it enables workers in malls, shopping centers and commercial complexes to pray in congregation while also taking into account the interests of shoppers and investors.
Al-Subaiti said that sometimes shopkeepers deliberately lock stores a considerable time before the second call to prayer, which could undermine the interests of citizens for over one and a half hour a day.
He said this time is considered very important in a country that is still in its first stages in the course of development.


ThePlace: Al-Bujairi Quarter, the historic gateway to Saudi Arabia's Al-Diriyah

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ThePlace: Al-Bujairi Quarter, the historic gateway to Saudi Arabia's Al-Diriyah

  • It overlooks the eastern edge of Wadi Hanifah
  • The area has been developed to restore its historic splendor

Al-Bujairi Quarter is the gateway to the historic area of Al-Diriyah. It overlooks the eastern edge of Wadi Hanifah, just opposite to Al-Turaif neighborhood. The late Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulwahab and many scholars lived in Al-Bujairi district. 

The High Commission for the Development of Riyadh has developed the area in an urban way to restore its historic splendor through modern institutions and facilities. Visitors can see the Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulwahab Mosque. They can also enjoy shopping in the multi-activity shops.

Tourists can also visit the Mohammed bin Abdulwahab Foundation, which represents the most important cultural elements in the neighborhood. The building has a westward slope, allowing visitors to use its roof as a viewing platform, including the view of the Al-Turaif district. 

The foundation is a specialized Islamic research and scientific center that aims to be an international research hub that serves researchers within modern institutional frameworks.