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Screens installed inside the Grand Mosque guide worshippers. Image Credit: Photo courtesy of The General Presidency for Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques

Cairo: Over 50 screens have been installed in the Grand Mosque in the Saudi holy city of Mecca to guide worshippers during the coming holy month of Ramadan.

The General Presidency for Affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina said that the screens are spread across the holy site and its content is handled by a team of Muslim clerics and translators in several languages.

The screens feature advisories to visitors of the holy site and impart messages on the importance of observing health precautions during the month of Ramadan. The step also aims to help educate worshippers on rules of performing the Umrah or minor pilgrimage, Islamic precepts and proper behaviour inside the mosque, in addition to welcome phrases for the visitors.

Serving visitors

Management of the content, displayed on the screens, is handled by a national qualified team that updates the content in a way that copes with health and guidance changes in cooperation with the other agencies engaged in serving visitors of the Grand Mosque.

Last October, Saudi Arabia set into motion a phased plan for resumption of the Umrah after suspension of around seven months due to the global coronavirus pandemic. Pilgrims have since been gradually allowed into the Grand Mosque in line with stringent health rules.