Ramadan 2020 will start on Friday: Saudi Arabia

Ramadan 2020 will start on Friday April 24, Saudi Arabia announced on Thursday. (Makkah Region Government)
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Updated 24 April 2020

Ramadan 2020 will start on Friday: Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: Ramadan 2020 will start on Friday April 24, Saudi Arabia's Supreme Court announced on Thursday.

The holy month this year will be markedly different to previous ones as the coronavirus pandemic has stopped much of the world’s activities, including at places of worship. 

The Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah, Islam’s two holiest sites, are effectively empty as both city’s populations are under a full curfew to stop the virus spreading.

When Ramadan starts the Kingdom will ease the lockdown so that people can leave their homes to meet necessary needs, such as health care and food supplies, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Usually, the two cities swell with visitors each year during Ramadan as pilgrims from across the globe seek the blessings of worshipping at the holy mosques. The Kingdom stopped all pilgrimages in late February to contain the virus.

 

 

King Salman in a tweet early Friday wrote: “We thank God that we have reached the holy month of Ramadan and we ask him to accept our fasting and prayers. We also pray to him so that all misfortune be lifted from us and from the world. May this month be full of virtue, blessings, hope and peace for our people and for all the peoples of the world.”

More than 1.6 billion Muslims around the world will mark the month, during which believers abstain from eating and drinking from dawn until sunset.

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WATCH: Car ploughs through Grand Mosque courtyard in Makkah, crashes into door

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WATCH: Car ploughs through Grand Mosque courtyard in Makkah, crashes into door

  • Police say driver in ‘abnormal’ condition

RIYADH: Video footage captured the dramatic moment a car was driven at high speed across the courtyard of the Grand Mosque in Makkah, before finally smashing into one of the doors on Friday night.

Saudi security authorities then arrested a man who was pulled from the car, state news agency SPA reported.

Reports suggest the car was driven at high speed on a road surrounding the southern square the Grand Mosque, also known Masjid Haramain, SPA added, quoting the official spokesman of Makkah region, Sultan Al-Dossari.

He said the incident happened at around 10:30 p.m..

No one was hurt in the incodent the report added.

Investigators said the driver of the car was a Saudi citizen who was “in an abnormal condition.” 

The offender is being referred to the Public Prosecution office, it said.