Rules outlined for ‘itikaf’ in Prophet’s Mosque

Updated 02 July 2013

Rules outlined for ‘itikaf’ in Prophet’s Mosque

The Department for Prophet’s Mosque Affairs has outlined a comprehensive plan for the annual ritual called “itikaf”.
Itikaf essentially refers to the stay in a mosque for prayer and meditation.
In a statement posted on its website, the department has listed the terms and conditions for people who wish to perform itikaf.
According to the plan, those interested must ensure that the holy mosque is kept clean, other worshippers are not disturbed and that they should end their itikaf after Isha prayers on the eve of Eid.
Prospective individuals intending to perform itikaf have been advised to only bring in a cover and a cushion, and not to place their personal belongings onto windows, in shoe boxes and in the bookshelves that have been especially set aside for copies of the Qur’an.
Those performing itikaf are also asked not to sleep in prayer rows and to only do so in designated areas located in the northern side of the mosque.
Itikaf is an Islamic practice consisting of a period of spiritual retreat in a mosque for a certain number of days.
It is most common during the month of Ramadan, especially during the last 10 days, and is a Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Muslims who perform itikaf are encouraged to spend their time reading the Qur’an, performing prayers and seeking blessings from the Almighty Allah.

Visitors hail ‘mesmerizing’ heritage event at Riyadh Season

Updated 19 min 30 sec ago

Visitors hail ‘mesmerizing’ heritage event at Riyadh Season

JEDDAH: Visitors to Riyadh Season have given a massive thumbs-up to a special event that highlights Saudi culture and heritage.

Nabd Al-Riyadh, or “Riyadh’s pulse,” showcases a different region of the Kingdom every day through folk dances, digital displays, laser shows, musical performances and an exhibition of traditional handicrafts.

“It was a great experience, especially as it took place at Al-Masmak Palace which was a significant starting point of the Kingdom’s unification. I appreciated the merging of history, culture and heritage with such a lively atmosphere,” visitor Mohammed Al-Saif told Arab News.

Maha Al-Ammar said Riyadh Season had added color to the city. “Riyadh has really changed. Look at where we were before and where we are now. Everything is so beautiful,” she said. “Nabd Al-Riyadh is such a well organized cultural event.”

Another visitor, Anfal Al-Jaferi, said: “We didn’t get to witness such events in the past, but now they are everywhere, in many zones.

“I didn’t feel the need to shop because the scenery was so enjoyable, and the themes of the events were mesmerizing. The effort that has gone into Riyadh Season is clear to see.”

Riyadh Season continues until Dec. 15 with a raft of artistic, sporting and cultural events, including theater, music performances and fashion shows.