Mosques,open grounds ready for Eid prayers
Following the call of the Supreme Court to sight the Shawal crescent on Thursday, Eid Salah mosques throughout the Kingdom are making arrangements to accommodate the larger congregation for the Eid-Al-Fitr prayers on the day of the festival. Eid prayers will begin at 5.18 am on the festival day.
In an announcement made on Tuesday, the Supreme Court has said whoever sees the crescent of the month of Shawwal by the naked eyes or binoculars to report to the nearest court and register his testimony, or report to the nearest center to facilitate to communicate with the court.
According to astronomical reports hailing from the United Arab Emirates, there is a possibility of seeing the moon on the 29th day of the holy month of Ramadan which falls on Thursday.
Eid Al-Fitr is celebrated at the end of the month of Ramadan in which Muslims keep fast from dawn till dusk.
The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance has announced that Eid Al-Fitr prayers will be conducted in mosques designated for Eid prayers on the day of the festival which will be announced by the government.
In Riyadh, there is some 650 mosques designated for the purpose. Arrangements will also be made to conduct prayers in 33 open spaces, including Suleimania, Deira and Manfouha with special places allocated for women to perform Eid prayers.
In Jeddah, arrangements are being made for Eid prayers in 279 locations including 221 mosques and 58 temporary prayer yards, known as ‘musallahs.
The Jeddah municipality will deploy more than 1,000 cleaning personnel to keep these sites neat and tidy.
In the Eastern Province, authorities have completed preparations for Eid prayers are made in Dammam Eid Salah masjid open grounds opposite Bangladesh International School , Alkhobar, Bayuoni, Al-Ahsa, Jubail and Khafji.
The Department of Mosques at the ministry has instructed the prayer leader (Imams) and those responsible for maintenance of the Eid mosques to ensure that all preparations including adequate supplies of power and water are made.
Contracting companies, which maintain mosques in the city, have been asked to clean the entire worshipping area of the Eid mosques and lay carpets for the worshippers.
Emergency plans have been put in place for the use of the nearest big mosque in case of rain on the open grounds.
“Before the Eid prayer begins, Muslims must pay Zakat Al-Fitr, which equates to about 2.5 kg of a basic foodstuff or its cash equivalent,” said Mohammed Al- Obaidullah prayer leader at a mosque in Nassriyah in Riyadh.
He added that it is a good opportunity for Muslims to exchange visits with family and friends and seek to strengthen the bonds of brotherhood in the community.