Call to Prayer: Muezzins of the Grand Mosque in Makkah

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There are 20 main muezzins and four trainees at the Grand Mosque in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
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There are 20 main muezzins and four trainees at the Grand Mosque in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
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There are 20 main muezzins and four trainees at the Grand Mosque in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
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There are 20 main muezzins and four trainees at the Grand Mosque in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
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There are 20 main muezzins and four trainees at the Grand Mosque in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
Updated 12 June 2018
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Call to Prayer: Muezzins of the Grand Mosque in Makkah

JEDDAH: Calls to prayer heard from the Grand Mosque known as Masjid Al-Haram resonate across Makkah every day.
The pilgrims and people of Makkah are able to recognize the voice of every muezzin, the man whose voice can be heard calling Muslims to prayer via loud speakers at the top of each mosque's minarets.
Saudi state news agency SPA, spoke to the muezzin of Masjid Al-Haram, Sheikh Ali Ahmad Mulla. He is considered one of the most famous muezzins at the Grand Mosque for the past 40 years.
He said there are 20 main muezzins at the mosque and four trainees.
Mulla said every muezzin has his own style, they call to prayer and recite after the imam whilst praying the five obligatory prayers,  as well as the Tarwaeeh and funeral prayers.
There is always a substitute muezzin in case of absence or emergency.
Mulla, named as the Sheikh of Muezzins, has worked at the Grand Mosque since 1975.
His unique voice is recognized by most guests that visit the masjid in Makkah.
At the age of 14, Mulla practiced the call to prayer from the minaret of Bab Al-Zeyada in the Grand Mosque. Then he moved to the minaret at Bab Al-Mahkma, and after a period of time, he became the muezzin for the entire mosque.
Mulla said they use a calendar-type clock according to Makkah’s local time in order to call for prayer at the exact times.
He said such modern inventions have contributed to advancing these matters, adding that the greatest modern tools are being applied to the Grand Mosque to facilitate tasks.


Makkah Route: Health services presented to Hajjis in their home countries

Updated 21 July 2019
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Makkah Route: Health services presented to Hajjis in their home countries

  • 257,981 pilgrims benefited from the "preventive services" since the new initiative’s launch

RIYADH: One of the services provided by the Makkah Route initiative, which aims to smooth the Hajj journey of pilgrims and provide top-quality service, is to ensure that all health requirements are met.

The Communication, Relations and Health Awareness General Department of the Ministry of Health is implementing the initiative in two ways. 

The first is to ensure that the proper application of the health requirements for Hajj and Umrah is followed in targeted countries before issuing the Kingdom’s entry visa (Malaysia, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Tunisia). 

The second is to check that preventive measures are taken according to the world’s epidemiological situation, for instance in Pakistan.

“Preventive measures” mean, for example, providing polio vaccines for pilgrims. The vaccine, approved by the World Health Organization (WHO), is provided through the Pakistani health authorities at the departure area of the airport.

“The ministry is also deploying a team of five people qualified to supervise the application of health requirements and assess the vaccination procedure and the application of preventive measures,” the department added.   


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The Makkah Route initiative aims to ensure that the proper application of the health requirements for Hajj and Umrah is followed in targeted countries before issuing the Kingdom’s entry visa.

The initiative also ensures that preventive measures are taken according to the world’s epidemiological situation, for instance in Pakistan.

The workforce at the different land, air, and sea entry/exit points during this year’s Hajj season numbers more than 1,700 individuals.

The teams include 131 experienced doctors, general health specialists, epidemiological monitors, and other staff to provide the necessary treatment and preventive services to pilgrims.


The ministry’s procedures in the departure hall include prepping emergency clinics at the points where Makkah Route pilgrims are received. 

These clinics deal with urgent cases, prepare awareness information for pilgrims and coordinate with the General Authority of Civil Aviation regarding their distribution on the targeted airlines.

The workforce at the different land, air, and sea entry/exit points during this year’s Hajj season numbers more than 1,700 individuals, including 131 experienced doctors, general health specialists, epidemiological monitors, and other staff to provide the necessary treatment and preventive services to pilgrims.

The ministry stated that the number of health practitioners assigned to the service of pilgrims during Hajj “is more than 30,000.”

The ministry encourages volunteering during the Hajj season; it believes that it is a very important and noble service toward fellow citizens, nations and the religion, where Islam highly encourages volunteering and serving others.

The ministry is coordinating the major institutions and commissions via its Hajj volunteering link to register volunteers so that they can participate through the societal partnership program.

The missions affiliated with the pilgrim’s affairs offices provide basic treatment services and refer patients to the ministry’s health facilities, keeping an eye on the overall health situation and reporting any suspicious infectious diseases. 

The ministry monitors all the health institutions and medical missions affiliated with the pilgrim’s affairs offices to make sure the health requirements are being properly applied, to ensure pilgrims’ safety and guarantee an environment free of infectious diseases.

The Health Ministry has confirmed that so far that there has been no incidence of any epidemic diseases or quarantine cases recorded among pilgrims, who arrived and the health situation is reassuring.

Since the first of Dul Qaada, the ministry has provided preventive services, via access points, to 257,981 pilgrims, with a total rate of commitment to vaccination reached  87.4 percent for meningitis, 67.3 percent for yellow fever and 95.3 percent for polio.