The holy month of Ramadan is the month when the largest number of believers visit Madinah and Makkah every year. The Haram office department is checking and making arrangements for the necessary arrangements for the pilgrims.
The fast is expected to start on March 11 this year. More than 85 lakh food packets are expected to be distributed to the faithful for Iftar. About 25 lakh bottles of Samsam water will also be distributed in the Prophet’s Mosque. 18,000 containers will be installed to provide Samsam water to all parts of the mosque.
Ahead of Ramadan, the General Authority for Care at Madinah Mosque organized a workshop to review preparations for the month. The workshop decided to make the services stronger and more efficient as the biggest increase in the number of believers coming to the mosque is expected. Services include cleaning and sanitizing of carpets spread across the vast space and crowd control during peak hours.
Most pilgrims reach Mecca in the month of Radaman. Almost all pilgrims who complete Umrah at the Grand Mosque return after a visit to Madinah. Therefore, similar arrangements are required in Madinah as well.
The official estimate is that more than 28 crore people visited Madinah Masjid last year. Rawda Sharif, where the tomb of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is located, is in this mosque.
Saif Al Zalmi, supervisor of the Haram Gate Department, has informed that in the run-up to Ramadan, samsam bags, baggage and food will not be allowed to enter Makkah Haram. The decision has been made keeping in mind the safety of those performing Tawaf and Sa’i. Only essential items are allowed inside the mosque. Authorities have requested Umrah pilgrims to give priority to women and the elderly during peak hours.