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Saudi Arabia bans Iftar in mosques

05:52 PM | 2 Mar, 2024
Saudi Arabia bans Iftar in mosques

RIYADH – Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, Mohammad Bin Salman, has issued a directive prohibiting mosque iftars in anticipation of the upcoming Ramadan, which is expected to commence on March 11 and conclude by April 9 this year.

The directive, dated February 20, 2024, and issued by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, delineates a set of guidelines for mosque personnel during the sacred month. Notably, the decree prohibits imams and muezzins from soliciting financial donations for organizing iftar gatherings within mosque premises.

This decision comes amid concerns voiced by the religious ministry regarding cleanliness and the potential repercussions of iftar events held within mosque premises. Instead, imams and muezzins have been tasked with supervising the organization of these meals in mosque courtyards, with a strong emphasis on maintaining cleanliness immediately following the conclusion of the meal.

A notice shared on X (formerly Twitter) by the Ministry stated, “The #Ministry_of_Islamic_Affairs, Dawah and Guidance issues a number of instructions related to mosques during the blessed month of #Ramazan 1445 AH.”

Additionally, the Ministry discouraged the use of cameras inside mosques during prayer times, citing concerns that recording the imam and worshippers could compromise the sanctity of the worship experience. Furthermore, prayers are prohibited from being broadcasted on any media platform, including social media.

Officials have been urged to prioritize attendance and punctuality during Ramadan, emphasizing the significance of their roles during this sacred period.

The ban on mosque iftar and the supplementary directives issued by the Ministry underscore Saudi Arabia’s commitment to upholding religious traditions while addressing practical considerations and ensuring a reverent atmosphere during the holy month of Ramadan.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 18 April 2024

Pakistani currency continues to gain against US Dollar and other currencies on April 18, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.2 for buying and 280.3 for selling.

Euro comes down to 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound stands at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 18 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.2 280.3
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.25  345.65 
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.25  75.95
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.63 747.63
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.32 3.43
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.26 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.24 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.75 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.42 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.37 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.76


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