Khaif Mosque in Mina to receive Hajj pilgrims after a break of two years

Khaif Mosque in Mina to receive Hajj pilgrims after a break of two years
Pilgrims pray around the Kaaba, the square structure in the Great Mosque, toward which believers turn when praying, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, late Sunday, July 26, 2020. Anywhere from 1,000 to 10,000 pilgrims will be allowed to perform the annual hajj pilgrimage this year due to the virus pandemic. (Saudi Ministry of Media via AP)

The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance has announced the readiness of Al-Khaif Mosque to receive pilgrims after two years of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ministry, represented by the Higher Committee for Hajj, Umrah and Visit, has completed all necessary preparations to provide pilgrims with all needs to perform their rituals in full comfort and tranquility in a religious atmosphere.

The preparations included furnishing, cleaning, sanitization, maintenance for the air conditioning system, lighting, readying more than 1,000 toilets, counters for Islamic awareness, fatwa cabinets, increasing the number of electronic monitors, and assigning maintenance companies to work round the clock for cleaning and maintenance and dispatching field supervisors on maintenance works. Al-Khaif Mosque has always received the care and attention of Muslim leaders throughout history. It witnessed its biggest expansion in 1407 Hijri during the Saudi era. At present, the mosque with an area of 23,500 square meters can accommodate 25,000 worshippers.

The mosque has four minarets. It also has a complex of more than 1,000 toilets and 3,000 water taps for ablution.

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