Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah ready for half-a-million worshippers

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More than 5,000 employees worked to achieve the necessary cleanliness of the Prophet’s Mosque and its surroundings. (SPA)
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More than 5,000 employees worked to achieve the necessary cleanliness of the Prophet’s Mosque and its surroundings. (SPA)
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More than 5,000 employees worked to achieve the necessary cleanliness of the Prophet’s Mosque and its surroundings. (SPA)
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More than 5,000 employees worked to achieve the necessary cleanliness of the Prophet’s Mosque and its surroundings. (SPA)
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More than 5,000 employees worked to achieve the necessary cleanliness of the Prophet’s Mosque and its surroundings. (SPA)
Updated 02 June 2019

Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah ready for half-a-million worshippers

  • The mosque has more than 16,000 carpets, more than 300 tons of Zamzam water daily for more than 16,000 bottles and 40 reservoirs of cold water with clean, single-use cups

MADINAH: The Prophet’s Mosque is ready to receive nearly half-a-million worshippers for the night when the reading of the Qur’an will be finished, the Saudi Press Agency reported a government official as saying.
Reading and completing the Qur’an during the fasting month of Ramadan is considered especially holy as, in Islam, the prayer made once the Qur’an is finished is accepted by Allah.
Hundreds of thousands of Muslims are expected at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah for the important occasion.
The head of public relations at the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques, Jamaan Al-Asiri, said the authority had finalized all preparations for the night.  
More than 5,000 employees worked to achieve the necessary cleanliness of the Prophet’s Mosque and its surroundings.
The mosque has more than 16,000 carpets, more than 300 tons of Zamzam water daily for more than 16,000 bottles and 40 reservoirs of cold water with clean, single-use cups. There are 60 drinking sites with more than 385 fountains around the mosque, he added.

FASTFACT

• Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court called on all Muslims throughout the Kingdom to sight the crescent of the month of Shawwal on Monday evening, Ramadan 29, corresponding to June 3.

• The Supreme Court has urged any person who sees the Shawwal crescent with the naked eye or through telescopes to report it to the nearest court and record his statement.

Mosque employees will be guiding visitors inside the courtyards of the mosque and implementing crowd control measures.
Al-Asiri said the presidency has set up external lighting, domes, umbrellas, and water-spraying fans. It has also put in place escalators and special transport measures to help the elderly and people with disabilities. There will be an increased number of gatekeepers on the ground floor and upper areas of the mosque. The presidency is working with the Red Crescent in case visitors need hospital attention, he said.


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Saudi Housing, National Guard ministries sign cooperation agreement

The Kingdom’s National Guard and the Ministry of Housing on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding for joint cooperation, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

It was co-signed by the minister of National Guard, Prince Abdullah bin Bandar bin Abdul Aziz, and the minister of housing, Majid Al-Hogail, in Riyadh.

The ministry’s “Sakani” program will provide housing services to National Guard employees who are entitled to housing support. It comes as part of the ministry’s mission to support employees of other government agencies and help them to own a home. The agreement includes coordination between “Sakani” and the National Guard to provide special offers. These include a special discount for those with a monthly income of over SR14,000 ($3,733), extra support for those with a monthly income of less than SR14,000, and exemption from certain fees.