Mosques to mute external speakers during prayers

Updated 06 June 2015
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Mosques to mute external speakers during prayers

JEDDAH: The Ministry of Islamic Affairs ordered mosques to shut down external speakers and only resort to the internal one, except during calls for prayers, Friday prayers, Eids and the rainfall prayer.
Mosque imams were prevented from installing echo devices and transmutation cutting devices as the ministry said that mosques' neighbors complained of the loud noise of the speakers and the interference of sounds from different mosques creating distortions.
The ministry instructed field workers to conduct visits to make sure that imams and preachers abide by the new regulations. The ministry issued a number of warnings and regulations for mosques during the holy month of Ramadan when it comes to prayers and breaking the fast.
The ministry advised mosque imams, who are commissioned to perform Taraweeh and Qiyam Al-Lail prayers during Ramadan, against long preaching times, rhymes and attacking sermons.
Regulations included preventing preaching activities in the mosques during Ramadan other than the officially permitted lectures and seminars. The ministry said there is a need to choose people other than the employed imams who memorize the Qur'an, with preference given to students and teachers from Qur'an teaching schools.
The ministry stressed the need to abide by the Adhan times according to Um Al-Qura time, making sure that the call for prayer is made without distortion.
The ministry started working with a number of preachers, scholars and university professors, through a number of lectures and seminars for employees and staff of 10 government agencies, to expose the risks of extremism and ideological splits.


King Fahd exhibit highlights Saudi-Kuwaiti ties

“Fahd — the Spirit of Leadership,” have been documenting their journeys through the Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Cultural Center in Kuwait. (SPA)
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King Fahd exhibit highlights Saudi-Kuwaiti ties

  • King Fahd’s beautiful white 1980s Oldsmobile Regency, classic sky-blue 1987 Mercedes-Benz 600, and his black 1987 Cadillac have all proved particularly popular with visitors

JEDDAH: Visitors to the exhibition of the life and history of King Fahd, titled “Fahd — the Spirit of Leadership,” have been documenting their journeys through the Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Cultural Center in Kuwait.
From the “Solid Brotherhood” pavilion, documenting Fahd’s strong relationship with the emirs of Kuwait, to many others, the exhibition displays photographs of the king and his Kuwaiti “brothers” in more personal, candid moments.
King Fahd’s beautiful white 1980s Oldsmobile Regency, classic sky-blue 1987 Mercedes-Benz 600, and his black 1987 Cadillac have all proved particularly popular with visitors.