Saudi Arabia allows Umrah during Ramadan
Saudi officials have allowed the payment of Umrah during Ramadan this year under the strictest SOPs. However, the ban on collective iftar and i’tikaaf in the Masjid al-Haram and Masjid al-Nabawi will remain.
According to a foreign news agency, Muslims around the world will be able to perform Umrah during Ramadan this year. Five places including the eastern part have been allotted for prayers.
According to Saudi officials, prayers will not be allowed in Mutaf. Only Tawaf can be done. After Tawaf, 2 rak’ats of Nawafil can be performed on the first floor. Prayers and supererogatory acts of worship can be performed on the outdoor courtyard, first floor and roof. Touching the Kaaba and the Black Stone will not be allowed.
The work of laying lines in Mutaf has been rearranged on the instructions of Dr. Abdul Rehman Al-Sudais, Chief of the Holy Shrines Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais says that this is being done in view of the increasing number of Umrah pilgrims in the country. Al-Sudais said that the new identification is being done keeping in view the social distances.
According to Arab News, in the third phase of Hajj and Umrah, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has provided Umrah facility to 20,000 Saudi nationals and foreigners residing abroad daily.
Umrah pilgrims are performing Tawaf, Sa’i and prayers with global epidemic prevention arrangements and SOPs. 20,000 Umrah pilgrims, 60,000 worshipers and 19,500 people are visiting Masjid-ul-Nabawi.
SOPs to remember during Umrah
Umrah performers will not be allowed to touch the Kaaba.
It has been made mandatory to wear a mask when entering the mosques of the two holy shrines.
Hand sanitizers will be available everywhere.
Iftar tablecloths will be banned, but iftar packets will be offered.
Only dates will be allowed in the two holy shrines, and distribution of all kinds of food will be prohibited.
In Mecca, worshipers will only be allowed to worship in King Abdullah’s extension, first floor and courtyard.
Mataf will be closed to the public.
I’tikaf will be banned in both the mosques of the two holy shrines.
Zamzam water will be provided individually in bottles.
Only 10 rak’ats of Taraweeh and 3 rak’ats of Witr will be recited.
It should be noted that not only the lines for Tawaf have been arranged in Masjid-ul-Haram. Lines are being laid from Muttaaf to Safa and Marwa and before that 2 rak’ats of Tawaf are paid and then from Marwa after completing Sa’i and leaving Haram Sharif