The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has on Monday announced that pilgrims would be allowed to perform Umrah once during Ramadan, which marks the first day today (Tuesday).
However, worshipers can get a permit to perform all the five obligatory prayers at the Grand Mosque in Makkah daily during Ramadan, the ministry said in a statement.
The pilgrims can also demand permits for the performance of essential prayers at the Grand Mosque. The worshippers will be issued permits for five prayers for one day at a time.
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman had ordered to reduce Taraweeh prayers at the Grand Mosque in Makkah and Masjid-e-Nabawi in Madinah during the holy month.
Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, head of the Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques said, “The Taraweeh prayers will be shortened to 10 raka’ts from 20 raka’ts, and that will be strictly in compliance with the precautionary measures and preventive protocols, prepared by the presidency and other relevant agencies involved in serving the pilgrims and ensuring their safety from coronavirus.”
Moreover, during the holy month, the volume of the Grand Mosque will be advanced to assist 50,000 vaccinated Umrah pilgrims and 100,000 worshipers.
Earlier, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said that the top leadership have set up a three-point program for the sake of health and safety of the pilgrims of Masjid-ul-Haram Makkah and Masjid-ul-Nabawi and the personnel in charge of their service, it has been decided to increase the number of Umrah pilgrims and those who offer prayers in Makkah-ul-Haram Masjid-ul-Haram with the observance of Coronavirus SOPs.
From the first of Ramadan, permits for prayers at Masjid al-Haram and visits to Masjid al-Nabawi will be issued to those who have received both doses of the vaccine, or to those who have passed 14 days for the first dose.
In addition, permits will be issued to those who recover from the coronavirus disease and are protected from the virus.
Umrah, prayer and pilgrimage permits (Tawakkalna ) and ( Eatmarna ) will be issued through apps. Visitors will choose the date and time based on the option provided, while to ensure the implementation of Coronavirus SOPs, only a limited number of people will be issued permits.
The ministry official directed that the main platforms approved for Umrah, prayer and pilgrimage permits are Eatmarna and Tawakkalna apps so that no one will fall into the trap of fake websites or those who perform Umrah, prayers and pilgrimage.