Worshippers perform second Taraweeh prayer at Two Holy Mosques

The authorities are exerting all possible efforts to provide best services to the worshippers. (SPA)
Updated 18 May 2018

Worshippers perform second Taraweeh prayer at Two Holy Mosques

  • A significant increase in the number of worshippers visiting The Prophet’s Mosque has been recorded in the first days of the holy month.

JEDDAH: Worshippers performed the second Taraweeh prayer on the second night of Ramadan at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah on Thursday, amid an integrated system of services provided by the Kingdom’s government.

The crowd of worshippers — citizens, residents and visitors — arrived in Madinah early to perform the night and Taraweeh prayers amid a spiritual and peaceful atmosphere.

Government bodies provided all convenient means to visitors and worshippers under the supervision of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman and Deputy Gov. Prince Saud bin Khalid Al-Faisal, who are committed to helping worshippers perform their pilgrimage in an atmosphere of safety, security, peace and tranquility.

The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Prophet’s Mosque exerted all possible efforts to provide services to visitors and worshippers, allowing them to perform their prayers  with ease.

The presidency opened the mosque’s doors, covered maintenance, hygiene and watering, multiplied the workforce and deployed its personnel throughout the mosque’s compound to organize the crowd, and opened passages inside the mosque and its compounds.

The presidency also provided all orientation and guidance services, Qur’ans and Zamzam water.

With large numbers of pilgrims and visitors attending, security officials exerted all possible efforts to organize and ease their access into the Prophet’s Mosque.

A significant increase in the number of worshippers visiting the Prophet’s Mosque has been recorded in the first days of the holy month. They come to ask God to have mercy on them, forgive them and answer their prayers.

This comes amid the mobilization of the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques and its efforts to provide the best care and services to the visitors to The Prophet’s Mosque in addition to the rest of the relevant authorities that organized their work and focused all their efforts on providing the best services in order to keep up with the increase in the number of visitors during Ramadan.

The Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques offers many services to the pilgrims.  It set “spray fans” on the pillars located in the mosque’s squares to spray water in order to temper the hot environment. 

It also provided Zamzam water in “refrigerators” distributed in the outer squares as well as in special containers inside the mosque.

The Presidency supervises the organization of “iftar of the fasting” and monitors the food allowed in the mosque according to certain health requirements. 

A number of scholars and preachers are found inside the Prophet’s Mosque in different locations. 

They provide daily lessons and show the visitors how to properly worship according to the guidance of Prophet Muhammad in addition to answering their questions. Qur’an memorization circles are also found in various places in the mosque.

Worshippers also performed second Taraweeh prayers at the Grand Mosque in Makkah in an atmosphere of faith dominated by reverence.

Preachers of Hate: Arab News launches series to expose hate-mongers from all religions

Updated 2 min 34 sec ago

Preachers of Hate: Arab News launches series to expose hate-mongers from all religions

  • Daesh may be defeated, but the bigoted ideas that fueled their extremism live on
  • Campaign could not be more timely, with a rise in anti-Muslim hate crimes since Christchurch attacks

RIYADH: Dozens of Daesh militants emerged from tunnels to surrender to Kurdish-led forces in eastern Syria on Sunday, a day after their “caliphate” was declared defeated.

Men filed out of the battered Daesh encampment in the riverside village of Baghouz near the Iraqi border to board pickup trucks. “They are fighters who came out of tunnels and surrendered today,” Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) spokesman Jiaker Amed said. “Some others could still be hiding inside.”

World leaders hail Saturday’s capture of the last shred of land controlled by Daesh in Syria, but the top foreign affairs official for the semi-autonomous Kurdish region warned that Daesh captives still posed a threat.

“There are thousands of fighters, children and women and from 54 countries, not including Iraqis and Syrians, who are a serious burden and danger for us and for the international community,” Abdel Karim Omar said. “Numbers increased massively during the last 20 days of the Baghouz operation.”

 While the terrorists have a suffered a defeat, the pernicious ideologies that drive them, and the hate speech that fuels those ideologies, live on. For that reason Arab News today launches Preachers of Hate — a weekly series, published in print and online, in which we profile, contextualize and analyze extremist preachers from all religions, backgrounds and nationalities.

In the coming weeks, our subjects will include the Saudi cleric Safar Al-Hawali, the Egyptian preacher Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, the American-Israeli rabbi Meir Kahane, the Yemeni militia leader Abdul Malik Al-Houthi, and the US pastor Terry Jones, among others.

The series begins today with an investigation into the background of Brenton Tarrant, the Australian white supremacist who shot dead 50 people in a terrorist attack 10 days ago on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Tarrant is not just a terrorist, but is himself a Preacher of Hate, author of a ranting manifesto that attempts to justify his behavior. How did a shy, quiet boy from rural New South Wales turn into a hate-filled gunman intent on killing Muslims? The answers may surprise you.

Our series could not be more timely — anti-Muslim hate crimes in the UK have soared by almost 600 percent since the Christchurch attack, it was revealed on Sunday.

The charity Tell MAMA (Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks), which records and measures anti-Muslim incidents, said almost all of the increase comprised “language, symbols or actions linked to the Christchurch attacks.”

“Cases included people making gestures of pointing a pistol at Muslim women and comments about British Muslims and an association with actions taken by the terrorist in New Zealand,” the charity said.

“The spike shows a troubling rise after Muslims were murdered in New Zealand,” said Iman Atta, director of Tell MAMA. “Figures have risen over 590 percent since New Zealand in comparison to the week just before the attack.