Mosques in Makkah welcome worshippers for first Friday prayers after curfew lifted

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Worshippers perform Friday prayers in mosques in Makkah for the first time on June 26, 2020 after a coronavirus curfew was lifted earlier this week. (SPA)
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Worshippers perform Friday prayers in mosques in Makkah for the first time on June 26, 2020 after a coronavirus curfew was lifted earlier this week. (SPA)
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Worshippers perform Friday prayers in mosques in Makkah for the first time on June 26, 2020 after a coronavirus curfew was lifted earlier this week. (SPA)
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Worshippers perform Friday prayers in mosques in Makkah for the first time on June 26, 2020 after a coronavirus curfew was lifted earlier this week. (SPA)
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Worshippers perform Friday prayers in mosques in Makkah for the first time on June 26, 2020 after a coronavirus curfew was lifted earlier this week. (SPA)
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Updated 27 June 2020

Mosques in Makkah welcome worshippers for first Friday prayers after curfew lifted

  • Worshippers were required to keep a distance of two meters from each other whilst praying
  • A curfew to prevent the spread of coronavirus was lifted in the Kingdom on Sunday

MAKKAH: Worshippers performed Friday prayers in mosques in Makkah for the first time on Friday since a coronavirus curfew was completely lifted in Saudi Arabia earlier this week.

Mosques in the holy city opened 20 minutes before the call to prayer and closed 20 minutes after the prayer had ended to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Worshippers were required to keep a distance of 2 meters from each other whilst praying, bring their own prayer mats and wear masks. 

Ablution areas and toilets in mosques remain closed and children are not allowed to attend as part of preventive measures.

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

A media awareness campaign has been launched to highlight safety procedures at the holy site.

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

Saudi authorities reopened all mosques for prayers as part of the Kingdom’s plan for a gradual return to normal life.

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.


Fahad Al-Azzam, assistant deputy minister for empowerment at the Saudi Ministry of Health

Updated 14 August 2020

Fahad Al-Azzam, assistant deputy minister for empowerment at the Saudi Ministry of Health

Fahad Al-Azzam has been the assistant deputy minister for empowerment at the Ministry of Health since September 2019.
He has also been the general manager for enterprise at the ministry’s project management office since July 2016, where he developed and implemented a standard set of project management processes and models, and built the framework and updated it to account for developments and best practices.
It was announced on Monday that Al-Azzam’s role as assistant deputy minister for empowerment has been extended for another year.
Al-Azzam obtained a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, in 2007. He studied abroad in the US, obtaining a master’s degree in engineering and technology management from the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut, in 2014.
Prior to his current position, Al-Azzam worked as a cooperative trainee at the Saudi Electricity Co. between May and October 2006.
At the Advanced Electronics Co., he worked as an assistant field service engineer between July 2007 and May 2009, and technical support and field service engineer between May 2009 and December 2010.
At the Saudi Food and Drug Authority, he worked as senior electrical engineer at their radiation safety department between January 2011 and February 2015.
He developed a safety program for exporting and importing electronics devices to and from Saudi Arabia and worked at controlling the risk resulting from the use of radiation-emitting devices. He also worked there as a project manager at their project management office between February 2015 and July 2016.