The 27th night of Ramadan is packed up with millions Umrah pilgrims at the Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah every year.
However, it was an unusual sight as the prayer halls and courtyards of the holy mosques wore a deserted look due to a congregational ban on prayers due to coronavirus pandemic.
According to reports in Saudi Gazette, only a limited number of worshipers, including officials of the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques, and cleaning workers attended the Isha and special night prayers of Taraweeh and Qiyamullail at the Two Holy Mosques. At the Grand Mosque, Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, head of the presidency and imam of the Grand Mosque, led the prayers.
Saudi Arabia announced a 24-hour lockdown as part of the stringent precautionary and preventive measures against the Covid-19 outbreak. While believers offered prayers and supplication at their homes during the night, which is widely believed to be Laylatul Qadr, the Night of Power.