10 raka’ahs Taraweeh ordered in Mecca, Medina
Published: 02:55 PM, 12 April 2021
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has ordered a reduction in the number of raka’ahs (a single iteration of five daily prayers) of Taraweeh prayers at two mosques – Grand Mosque in Mecca and Al-Masjid an-Nabawi in Medina – due to the COVID pandemic.
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’ahs from 20 raka’ahs.
In order to be protected from the coronavirus, precautionary measures and preventive protocols taken by the presidency of the mosque and other agencies engaged in the service of Umrah pilgrims, he said.
Meanwhile, Saudi minister of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance Sheikh Dr. Abdullatif Al-Sheikh said Taraweeh prayers should be performed within 30 minutes in all mosques across the country during Ramadan.
A statement from the Saudi Ministry of Health said on Sunday that the new guidelines had been included in a telegram issued by the Ministry of Health.
It is to be noted that after the outbreak of Covid-19 last year, the Masjidul Haram and an-Nabawi in Medina were closed in Ramadan. Besides, the Saudi authorities stopped performing Umrah for locals and foreigners for several months.