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COVID-19: Saudi to reopen over 90,000 mosques on Sunday

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Ibrahim Ramalan
Ibrahim Ramalan is a graduate of Mass Communications from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. With nearly a decade-long, active journalism practice, Mr Ramalan has been able to rise from a cub reporter to the exalted position of an editor; first as Arts Editor with the Blueprint Newspapers before resigning in 2019; second and presently as an Associate Editor of the Daily Nigerian online newspaper. He can be reached via [email protected], or www.facebook.com/ibrahim.ramalana, or @McRamalan on Twitter.
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After over a two-month closure, the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance and its staff are to embark on the cleaning and sanitization process of more than 90,000 major and minor mosques across the Kingdom, ahead of reopening on Sunday.

Mosques in Makkah are exempted from the reopening.

According to a report by the Saudi Gazette, the reopening of mosques will be done in accordance with the instructions of Minister of Islamic Affairs Dr. Abdullatif Al-Asheikh and in line with an advisory issued by the Senior Council of Ulemas

The ministry is carrying out on a wide range of campaigns on all media outlets, TV channels, radio stations, newspapers and online news platforms, in addition to its portal and other digitally-administered websites, in order to disseminate precautionary medical instructions and procedures in a number of internationally-recognized languages, urging all worshipers to abide by them for their own safety.

Among the instructions are doing ablution at home, proper handwashing and using sanitizers before going out to the mosque and after coming back home. Elders and those with chronic diseases are advised to perform their prayers at home. Reading and reciting the Holy Qur’an online is advised, too, from one’s own mobile phone or at least reading from a privately owned copy of Quran.

Bringing one’s prayer mat to perform prayers in mosques is highly recommended as well as keeping a two-meter distance between one another prayer.

Accompanying under 15-year old children to the mosques is prohibited. Putting on a face mask and avoidance of handshaking and scrambling, at mosques gates, are also recommendable.

Meanwhile, the ministry managed, during the closure of mosques, to carry out a massive cleaning, sanitizing and maintaining drive of all mosques Kingdom-wide, according to world-class quality and best-known practices, including sanitizing over 10 million mosques, 43 million copies of several sizes and volumes of Qur’an, more than 600,000 Qur’an cupboards, in addition to repairing and maintaining about 176,000 water closets, annexed to mosques.

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