KSA: Paris attacks a violation of all religions

Updated 16 November 2015

KSA: Paris attacks a violation of all religions

RIYADH: United against the evil scourge of terrorism, the Kingdom on Saturday strongly denounced the heinous Paris attacks describing them as a violation of all religions.
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman sent a message of condolence to President Francois Hollande.
A Foreign Ministry spokesman expressed sincere condolences on behalf of the Saudi government and people to the bereaved families, the French government and people, wishing quick recovery to those injured in the attacks.
Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir described the Paris attacks as a violation of all religions and a brutal assault that underlines the need to further up the ante against terrorism by intensifying efforts to put the evil practice in check forever.
“I express our deep condolences to the government and the people of France for the heinous terrorist attacks which are in violation and contravention of all ethics, morals and religions,” Al-Jubeir told reporters in Vienna as he arrived there for talks on ending the Syrian civil war.
The ministry spokesman pointed out that Saudi Arabia always underscored the importance of collective international efforts to combat the scourge of terrorism in all its forms and the need to root out this dangerous plague which targets global security and stability.
The Council of Senior Scholars denounced the heinous crime saying, “terrorism is contrary to the teachings of Islam and to the values of mercy it brought to the whole world.”
These terrorist attacks are strictly prohibited in Islam, it added.
Saudi Arabia has joined international efforts headed by the US to combat Daesh terrorists in Iraq and Syria, and has also worked with Washington in its battle against Al-Qaeda.
The Kingdom has itself been hit by a spate of deadly shooting and bomb attacks, many of them blamed on Daesh.

Worshippers flock to reopened Prophet’s Mosque for Friday prayers

Updated 06 June 2020

Worshippers flock to reopened Prophet’s Mosque for Friday prayers

MADINAH: Hundreds of thousands of worshippers attended the first Friday prayers to be held at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah since the gatherings were suspended to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.

The green light for the resumption of the prayer meetings came as part of a plan to gradually reopen the Kingdom’s mosques while ensuring worshippers and visitors adhered to preventive measures.

A ban on access to the Rawdah remained in place and only groups of worshippers numbering up to a maximum of 40 percent of the mosque’s capacity were being allowed entry.

Precautionary measures also included the allocation of specific doors for the entry of worshippers, the installation of thermal cameras, removal of all carpets so that prayers could be performed on the marble, sanitization of the mosque’s floors and courtyards, periodic opening of domes and canopies to ventilate the mosque, and the removal of Zamzam water containers.

The Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah will be closed after evening prayers and reopened one hour before dawn prayers. Parking lots will operate at 50 percent capacity and a media awareness campaign has been launched to highlight safety procedures at the holy site.

Medical teams have also been stationed at the main entrances to the mosque in cooperation with the Ministry of Health.

Elsewhere in the Kingdom, worshippers also flocked to perform Friday prayers at mosques amid strict health measures.

On May 31, Saudi authorities reopened all mosques for prayers, except in Makkah, as part of the Kingdom’s plan for a gradual return to normal life.

Last week the minister of Islamic affairs, dawah and guidance said that the country’s mosques were ready to welcome back worshippers, following his field trips to check that necessary preparations had been made.

All worshippers must still maintain a distance of 2 meters between rows, wear masks to enter a mosque, and Friday sermons and prayers have been limited to a maximum of 15 minutes.