KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 15 (NNN-Bernama) — The General Presidency of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque has announced that daily practices and normal worship is gradually being allowed at the two holy mosques.
The presidency, through a video shared on Twitter, stated that the move was taken after the presidency’s head, Sheikh Dr. Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, was satisfied with the level of vaccination of the people of Makkah and Madinah as well as the compliance of the pilgrims to the SOPs that have been set.
The video also showed workers distributing 600 water barrels with a total capacity of 30 thousand tonnes of zamzam water throughout the Prophet’s Mosque.
The provision of zamzam water barrels was previously halted due to concerns on the spread of COVID-19 infection among pilgrims at the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque, and the practice was replaced with the use of smart robots to enable contact-free distribution of zamzam water.
Saudi’s Ministry of Health on Tuesday announced the number of daily COVID-19 infection cases in the country recorded double figures for three consecutive days.
The presidency also allowed face-to-face and gatherings for studies, reduced physical distancing to increase the capacity of congregational prayers, and allowed children aged 12 and over to attend the two holy mosques.
Recently, the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah announced the issuance of 6,000 umrah visas to foreigners as of Muharram 1443 Hijrah (August 2021) and expects the arrival of more umrah pilgrims from outside Saudi Arabia starting Rabiul Awwal 1443 Hijrah (October 2021).