JEDDAH – More than two million worshippers offered Isha and taraweeh prayers on 27th night of Ramadan at the Grand Mosque in Makkah, in a highly spiritual atmosphere.
The government led by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has ensured elaborate security as well as comfort by providing all necessary services to the guests of Allah in the form of mega projects.
Muslims normally consider the night of 27th Ramadan as Laylat Al-Qadr, which equalizes one thousand months (nearly 83 years) while they humbly pray to Allah to have them accepted with the winners in paradise.
Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal said that serving visitors of the Grand Mosque is a big honor and that all are working tirelessly to provide utmost comfort and facilities to the worshippers, especially in the last 10 days of Ramadan.
The roofs and courtyards of the Grand Mosque were full of worshippers amid an integrated system of services and comprehensive care provided by the government.
Mohamed Al-Mutasim, 54, a Sudanese who came to perform Umrah, said he performed the religious ritual easily and comfortably despite huge numbers of pilgrims.
Mohamed Rahman, 34, an Indonesian, said they have faced no problems since their arrival at the airport till the time of entering the Grand Mosque. “I devoted full time praying for my family, children and all Muslims,” he told Arab News.
On the other hand, head of the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais said the presidency has trained more than 12,000 male and female assistants together with all possible services, including automation, to serve the visitors.
Giving more details, Al-Sudais said the presidency provided nearly one million copies of the Holy Qur’an published by King Fahd Complex for Publication of the Holy Qur’an, distributed brochures and pamphlets in several languages, organized entry and exit of worshippers through 160 gates as well as walkways and entrances for people with special needs, in addition to more than 10,000 free carts for the needy.
The presidency also distributed more than 17,000 carpets inside the Grand Mosque and its courtyards, safety lockers for luggage and bags of pilgrims and visitors, provision of audio, air conditioning and ventilation systems, besides operation of 250 heat mitigating fans in courtyards of the mosque, he said.
Al-Sudais said the three phases of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Project had been exploited in raising the capacity of mataf, expansion of the northern yards of the Grand Mosque and operation of Ajiad Bridge in the southern part of mataf.
In the meantime, the Health Directorate in Makkah has operated two health centers inside the Grand Mosque in addition to Ajiad Emergency Hospital working on the round-the-clock basis to provide emergency services to visitors. Makkah Municipality also provided more than 12,000 sanitary workers equipped with 776 cleaning equipment.