Thousands perform i’tikaf at the two mosques during the last ten days of Ramadan.
Makkah: The ritual i’tikaf will resume at the Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah during the upcoming holy month of Ramadan after a hiatus of two years. Dr. Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, head of the General Presidency for the Two Holy Mosques, announced.
Al-Sudais said the Presidency would start issuing permits through its official website soon, according to the specific conditions and set criteria.
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Itikaf is the ritual of staying in a mosque solely for worship and meditation. Itikaf was suspended at the Two Holy Mosques in 2020 following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. It was also suspended for Ramadan 2021 to stem the spread of coronavirus.
As many as 100,000 worshipers used to perform i’tikaf in the two mosques during the last ten days of Ramadan.
In 2019, the Presidency allotted the mosques rooftops for i’tikaf. Worshippers were provided lockers by the authorities for their belongings.
The Presidency has also launched an online portal to give guidelines and registration facilities for the prospective worshippers intending to perform i’tikaf.
Additionally, the Presidency has deployed 12,000 workers for disinfection and sterilization at the Grand Mosque.
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The Presidency has worked on creating a safe and healthy environment for the Grand Mosque’s visitors. It distributes 1,100 sterilizers daily. Disinfecting teams sterilize toilets and disinfect all mosque areas ten times daily.
Moreover, the Presidency uses 130,000 liters of water for washing the mosque daily and gives away 500 hand sanitizers.