On Thursday, the President General for the Affairs of the Great Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque, Dr. Abdul-Rahman Al-Sudais, the Presidential Agency’s Plan for the Affairs of the Prophet’s Mosque for the Ramadan season of AD 1442.
During the inauguration, he emphasized the need to continue the successes achieved since the beginning of the requirements and procedures for the emerging coronavirus, and to use the successes in developing and improving the service system of the Prophet’s Mosque in accordance with the current exceptional circumstances.
The plan for the blessed month of Ramadan for this year also includes introduction, features, developments, programs, goals, alternatives, emergencies and crisis management for the months of Shaban and Ramadan, as well as making preparations during the month of Ramadan and the days of Eid al-Fitr .
An extraordinary time of year
All of the information and goals of the plan have been implemented through cumulative comparisons between the months leading up to Ramadan and in a way that takes into account the impact of the programs and goals of the new guidelines and the intensity of the visitor movement to worshipers at the Prophet’s Mosque, and that this year’s season is exceptional in view of the corona pandemic, as it is characterized by a relative presence following precautionary measures.
The maximum operational capacity under the precautionary measures is 45,000, and the new western seats are added to the operational capacity that can hold 15,000 worshipers and the total operational capacity for worshipers during Ramadan is 60,000 at the same time.
The general capacity of the prophet mosque before the corona pandemic, with its roof and seats, is 350,000 worshipers, with the exception of the occasional southern square, and the new western square can accommodate 96,000 worshipers, making the planned operating rate for Ramadan that year 1442 AH will account for 13% of the total operational capacity of the Prophet’s Mosque and its squares.
The plan was that the places for performing the compulsory prayers would continue to be organized so that the imams, muezzins, leaders, and clerks would be on the old campus in addition to the workers whose work was confined to the old campus.
The worshipers also perform the compulsory prayers in the stones and areas, on the roof and in the squares of the Prophet’s mosque according to the regurgitation plan based on density and the use of precautionary measures.
The plan includes continuing the precautionary and preventive measures in place in the Prophet’s Mosque during the blessed month of Ramadan and continuing to assign the old campus to imams, muezzins, leaders, clerks and workers whose work is limited to the old campus is, in addition to visitors and believers in the honorable kindergarten, through the permits granted at the request of our trust and those registered in Umrah’s application.
The Prophet’s mosque is closed half an hour after the Tarawih prayer and opens two hours before morning prayer, with the exception of the last ten days of Ramadan, as the mosque there is open around the clock.