Riyadh — The Ministry of Islamic Affairs has prohibited the collection of donations for Iftar.
The ministry stressed that serving Iftar meals is limited only to a particular place and the courtyards of mosques. It is also required to be under the responsibility of the imam of the mosque or the muezzin.
The ministry noted the importance of cleaning the places after completing the Iftar meals.
The ministry’s decision included several directives for preparing mosques before the holy month of Ramadan. The most prominent is the necessity of imams and muezzins’ commitment to their work during Ramadan.
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It is also essential to adhere to the times of the adhan according to the Umm Al-Qura calendar, the ministry said.
It noted the need to ensure the time of Isha prayer at the time specified in Ramadan. The iqamah must be after the adhan according to the approved period for each prayer.
The ministry called on the imams of mosques to read useful books to the worshipers. And remind them of the provisions of fasting and the virtues of Ramadan and the topics that strengthen national cohesion.
Maintenance and cleaning institutions must ensure the cleanliness of mosques and women’s chapels.
The ministry has also issued a series of regulations and guidelines for non-governmental societies and organizations. The guidelines are for technical supervision of Iftar meal projects during the holy month of Ramadan.
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Organizations planning to hold iftar parties must submit applications for approval and obtain permits from the ministry.