KUALA LUMPUR – The Saudi Arabian government has decided to temporary close the Masjidil Haram and its surrounding areas after the Isyak prayer and will be reopened before the Subuh prayer.
The closure will be done to pave way for the sanitization process due to the global Covid-19 outbreak.
“Haramain will be closed after the Isya prayer and will be reopened before the Fajr (Subuh) prayer,” said the President of Islamic Communication Center in Saudi Arabia to MalaysiaGazette yesterday.
Faheem said, no one will be performing their prayer or tawaf during the time of closure.
His statement has answered rumours circulating on social media which said that the Kaabah was empty due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Truth is, the area was only empty for several hours.
Earlier, the Saudi Gazette reported that the Saudi Interior Ministry announced on Wednesday the temporary suspension of Umrah for citizens and residents as part of preventative measures against novel coronavirus outbreak.
Saudi Arabia registered this week the first coronavirus case of a Saudi national who came back from Iran via Bahrain. As of now, three of its citizens have been infected with the Covid-19 virus. -MalaysiaGazette