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For the first time in over a year, Masjid al Haram abolish Covid precautions

Social distancing ends at Ka’batullah, Prophet’s Mosque after 1.5 years


For the first time in over a year and a half, covid precautions were abolished at the Masjid alHaram during fajr prayers on Sunday.

Major restrictions and precautionary measures have been abolished, as the Grand Mosque returns to full capacity.

“For the first time in over a year, the Imam at Masjid Al Haram instructed pilgrims to straighten [the] rows and close the gaps during Fajr prayer,” the Haramain official Twitter account shared the iconic moments for the Muslims around the world.


After one and a half years of COVID-19 restrictions, the worshippers at the Grand Mosque in Makkah and Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah in Saudi Arabia offered the Fajr (dawn) prayer without social distancing from Sunday.


The Ministry of Interior on Friday announced that the Haramain Sharifain will return to full capacity from Sunday, 11 Rabi Al Awwal 1443 corresponding to 17 October 2021, Sunday.

According to the newly issued protocols by the Saudi ministry:

  • Masjid Al Haram and Masjid Al Nabawi will be restored to full capacity
  • Access to the Haramain Sharifain will be limited to completely vaccinated individuals aged 12 years and above
  • Mandatory to use Masks inside Masjid Al Haram and Masjid Al Nabawi at all times
  • Mandatory to obtain permits for Salat, Umrah, Salah in Rawdah and Ziyarah from the Tawakalana or Eatmarna Applications



the authorSaman Siddiqui
Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.