No loudspeakers for taraweeh prayers

Updated 26 June 2012

No loudspeakers for taraweeh prayers

The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowment, Propagation and Guidance told imams in the capital’s mosque to ensure that no loudspeakers are used for taraweeh and qiyamallail (special night prayers) during the upcoming Ramadan.
The monitors of the ministry noticed during last Ramadan that a number of imams did not adhere to the ministry’s instruction to not use external loudspeakers during the night prayers, Al-Eqtisadiah reported quoting a reliable source.
The imams, who violated the instructions, were summoned to the ministry’s Riyadh branch and made to give an undertaking that they would not use external loudspeakers this Ramadan. The fasting month begins on July 20, depending on the new moon sighting.
Mosques are allowed to use loudspeakers only as stipulated in the ministry’s regulations, the source said. The ministry permits only internal speakers in mosques for taraweeh prayers. The mosques are permitted external loud speakers for congregational prayers but only in such a way that they do not adversely affect the prayers in nearby mosques, the source said quoting Director General of the ministry’s Riyadh branch Abdullah Al-Hamid. Not more than four external horns in four directions could be used. Mosques are also not permitted to install devices to jam mobile phones.
“The imams were also instructed not to delegate their duty of leading taraweeh prayers to someone else without informing the ministry and getting permission in advance,” Al-Hamid said. The imams should remain at their respective mosques during the last 10 days of the month and should not leave even to perform Umrah or to spend the days in Makkah, he said.
According to the ministry’s instructions, imams are not permitted to undertake any activities related to religious propagation unless they are specifically licensed to do so. Imams and muezzins should also ensure that no beggars take alms inside or at the doors of mosques.
Al-Hamid said circulars were sent to all imams that they should discharge their duties in the best manner and in no case should miss any compulsory prayer in their respective mosques. They should strive to maintain the status and spiritual atmosphere of mosques. No mosque official will be granted leave during the month of Ramadan except under unavoidable circumstances and with convincing reasons, the circular said.
The imams should also keep their mosques open during daytime so that worshippers get the opportunity to remain and pray there till the end of the night prayers.
The imams should also see that carpets and premises are regularly and properly cleaned. They should report any shortcoming on the part of cleaning and maintenance contractors so that instant action could be taken.


Hybrid learning is the future, says Saudi deputy minister of education

Updated 4 min 51 sec ago

Hybrid learning is the future, says Saudi deputy minister of education

  • Al-Sudairy said the ministry adopted online education systems to ensure the continuity of education, and protect students and teachers from contracting the virus

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s deputy minister of education has highlighted hybrid learning as the “path to the future.”

Dr. Mohammed Al-Sudairy said distance or e-learning should no longer be viewed simply as a response to emergencies but as a strategic option for the future.

He was speaking at a workshop titled “Measurement of operational efficiency of college education in the light of COVID-19” organized by King Faisal University.

Highlighting measures taken by Saudi education authorities in the wake of the pandemic, Al-Sudairy said the ministry adopted online education systems to ensure the continuity of education, and protect students and teachers from contracting the virus.

“The decision ensured social distancing and the quality of education,” he said, adding that the ministry harnessed all its capabilities to act quickly.

Al-Sudairy said that online education began for all educational grades at the same time. The ministry achieved great results as students and teachers continued to interact online in a safe environment and without any loss to the academic year.

The ministry, public and private universities, colleges, and the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation were able to shift to online education within one day of the decision to suspend physical attendance at school, he said.

Adapting to the virtual reality ensured the needs of teachers were met, while also increasing operational efficiency of university education and higher education.

Al-Sudairy said the online-learning system is not new. “Universities started making investments in e-learning in 2007,” he added.

The deputy minister called for the adoption of modern technologies and enhancement of teachers’ capabilities in terms of presenting interactive content on electronic platforms.