Breaking the fast at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah

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Worshippers, visitors and residents partake of the iftar breakfast served at the Prophet's Mosque in Madinah. (SPA)
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Worshippers, visitors and residents partake of the iftar breakfast served at the Prophet's Mosque in Madinah. (SPA)
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Worshippers, visitors and residents partake of the iftar breakfast served at the Prophet's Mosque in Madinah. (SPA)
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Residents of Madinah play hosts to visitors at the Prophet's Mosque in the holy city. (SPA)
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Residents of Madinah play hosts to visitors at the Prophet's Mosque in the holy city. (SPA)
Updated 11 May 2019
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Breaking the fast at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah

  • Iftars during Ramadan are generously hosted by the people of the holy city

MADINAH: Ramadan iftars generously hosted by the people of Madinah at the Prophet’s Mosque are being enjoyed by thousands of worshippers, visitors and residents.

Pilgrims from the Kingdom and throughout the world are being served iftar meals after a long day of fasting as part of a service that brings together Muslims of many nationalities.

Jamaan Al-Asiri, director of public relations at the Agency of  the General Presidency for the Prophet’s Mosque Affairs, said mosque staff had been working hard preparing and setting up eating areas and assisting food providers. He said that after the completion of Asr prayer, iftar meals are brought into the mosque through specified doors.

“The entry of the meals is supervised by observers at the mosque’s doors. After laying down plastic sheets inside the mosque, food is arranged until it is time for Maghrib prayer,” Al-Asiri added.

“After Muslims break their fast and before the Maghrib prayer is held, all the plastic sheets and remains of food are removed in a quick and orderly manner in cooperation between the workers, the supervisors, and the providers.”

The meals include hot food such as rice and meat, in addition to fruit, bottled juices, dates, yogurt, coffee and water. Al-Asiri said cleaning operations take place after iftar and before Maghrib prayer.

 


Peace is our priority but the world must take a stand against Iran, says Saudi cabinet

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Peace is our priority but the world must take a stand against Iran, says Saudi cabinet

  • Saudi cabinet says the international community must take firm action against the regime in Tehran
  • Saudi’s king invites GCC leaders to hold Gulf and Arab summits in Makkah on May 30

JEDDAH: The Saudi cabinet on Tuesday said that while the Kingdom believes all people in the region have a right to live in peace, including the Iranians, the international community must take firm action against the regime in Tehran to prevent it from spreading destruction and chaos.

After a meeting of the Council of Ministers at Assalam Palace, presided over by King Salman, Turki Al-Shabanah, the minister of media, told the Saudi Press Agency that the cabinet reviewed reports on regional and global development, and the king invited GCC leaders to hold Gulf and Arab summits in Makkah on May 30. The invitation reflects the Kingdom’s desire to work with other nations to boost security and stability in the region, the minister said, especially in light of the Iran’s continuing aggressive actions. The regime’s recent activities threaten regional and international peace and security, and the supply and stability of international oil markets, he added.

Al-Shabanah reiterated the Kingdom’s commitment to peace and said it will make every effort to prevent war. The nation’s hand is always extended, he added, in the belief that everyone in the region, including the Iranians, has the right to live in a secure and stable environment.

However, the cabinet called on the international community to shoulder its responsibilities by taking a firm stance against the actions of the regime in Tehran, to prevent its disruptive and destructive activities throughout the world. It also called on Iran to halt the reckless and irresponsible behavior of its agents, to save the region from the dangers they pose and potential repercussions.

The cabinet also expressed the Kingdom’s hopes and expectations that the 14th Ordinary Session of the Islamic Summit Conference, will encourage unity of response to ongoing events in the Islamic world. The summit, chaired by King Salman, will be held in Makkah on May 31 under the title “Makkah Summit: Hand in Hand toward the Future.”

Ministers heard that the Kingdom has sent $250 million to the Central Bank of Sudan as part of a previously announced package of assistance in partnership with the United Arab Emirates. This latest demonstration of support from the Kingdom to the Sudanese people aims to help stabilize the country’s economy, and strengthen the Sudanese pound in particular, to help improve the lives of the nation’s people.

The cabinet also welcomed the decision of the 14th meeting of the Joint Ministerial Committee to monitor an oil production reduction agreement concluded in Jeddah, which was headed by the Kingdom and Russia, and affirmed its commitment to balancing the oil market and stabilizing it on a sustainable basis.

Turning to local affairs, the Council of Ministers confirmed the generous support of SR 100 million ($26.7 million) from the king, and SR 30 million from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the Jood Housing platform. Launched a day earlier, and supervised by the National Housing Development Association, it aims to accelerate the development process through the introduction of a new model of social solidarity, in which government, charities and commercial entities work together in accordance with regulations designed to provide support for those in need.

The council also discussed the results of the 26th meeting of the region’s governors, and praised the king for his directives designed to preserve security and help people throughout the Kingdom.