Wednesday, March 27, 2019

New Rules limit Imams Appointment to at least 4 years

The Council of Ministers headed by King Salman passed new rules and regulations regarding the appointment of Imams and Muadhins in Masjid Al Haram and Masjid Al Nabawi

Previously the appointments were made on either direct Royal Decree or were based on hereditary.

The decision of appointments will be made by a council of the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Haramain headed by the President of GPH which is currently Sheikh Abdul Rehman Al Sudais.

Imams and Muadhins will be appointed on four years contracts which can be renewed, with the exception of Taraweeh Imams whose appointment to lead Jahrih Salat will be made the council at the conclusion of Ramadan.

According to the new rules for appointment of an Imam, an individual has to be a Saudi National, who has full capacity and experience of being an Imam , have a distinctive and good voice and holds at least one master's degree from one of the faculties of forensic sciences in the Kingdom, and is a guardian of the Holy Quran (Hafiz)

For appointment of Muadhins, the individual has to be a Saudi National, have a good voice, experience, and the need to obtain a scientific degree not less than a bachelor degree from one of the faculties of Islamic sciences in the Kingdom.

New Restrictions have been imposed on Imams such as they cannot attend or hold public speaking events without and travel abroad to attend an event without permission, have social media accounts.

Imams and Muadhins can be terminated if they fail to perform their duties or be relieved of their duties at the expiration of their contracts at the behest of the council.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Umrah Season 1440: 3.45 Million Pilgrims performed Umrah so far

The number of Umrah visas issued this year has reached 3,896,580, of which 3,454,398 pilgrims have arrived in the Kingdom, according to data provided by the Hajj Ministry. 

There are 431,293 pilgrims still in the Kingdom, with 297,147 in Makkah and 134,146 in Madinah. 

Most pilgrims — 3,069,062 came to the Kingdom by air, while 357,165 entered by land and 28,171 arrived by sea. 

The largest number of pilgrims are from Pakistan (863,317) followed by Indonesia (564,273), India (373,781), Yemen (191,214), Malaysia (185,716), Egypt (177,695), Turkey (143,074), Algeria (119,545) and Bangladesh (86,476).

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Imams of the Haramain met with King Salman

Imams of the Haramain and other prominent Scholars met the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman in Riyadh on Monday.

Imams and Scholars meeting King Salman

Among the Imams were Sheikh Bandar Baleelah and Sheikh Khalid Al Ghamdi who were reportedly suspended from leading Salats at Masjid Al Haram since September of this year. Many are speculating that the Imams might return to lead prayers at Masjid Al Haram from next week.

Sheikh Saud Al Shuraim, Sheikh Faisal Gazzawi and other Imams of Masjid Al Nabawi did not visit as they were on duty leading prayers in the respective Masjids

Sheikh Baleelah meeting King Salman on Monday, 5th November 2018

Sheikh Khalid Al Ghamdi also present during the event

Friday, October 12, 2018

Six Muadhins and Three Imams of Masjid Al Haram Suspended

According to an anonymous source, Five Muadhins of Masjid Al Haram have beeen suspended earlier this week namely:

-Sheikh Naif Faydah
- Sheikh Majid Abbas
-Sheikh Yunus Khoja
-Sheikh Ahmed Nuhas
Sheikh Tawfeeq Khoj
-Sheikh Muhammad Maghribi

According to the official schedule released by the General Presidency, a number of named Muadhins were scheduled to deliver the Adhan which they did not. The exact reasons for their suspension is currently unknown

Three Imams were also reportedly suspended in the weeks preceding the Muadhins Suspension, the reasons for the suspension of the Imams also remain unknown.

Imams suspended:
-Sheikh Saleh Al Talib
-Sheikh Khalid Al Ghamdi
-Sheikh Bandar Baleelah

Three Imams of Masjid Al Haram, Makkah suspended from Preaching and Leading Prayers

Three prominent Imams of Masjid Al Haram, Sheikh Saleh Al Talib, Sheikh Khalid Al Ghamdi and Sheikh Bandar Baleelah have been suspended from leading and Prayers and Sermons in Masjid Al Haram, Makkah.

The current whereabouts of the Imams are also currently unknown although many have claimed that Sheikh Saleh Al Talib has been arrested and is jail since August 2018.

Sheikh Saleh Al Talib, was appointed to lead Masjid Al Haram in the year 2002 and was later appointed as Khateeb aswell. He also served as a judge in Makkah

Sheikh Khalid Al Ghamdi was appointed as a permanent Imam of Masjid Al Haram in 2008 and later as Khateeb in 2016

Sheikh Bandar Baleelah was appointed as a guest Imam for leading Taraweeh Prayers in Ramadan 2013 and was later appointed as a permanent Imam in Dhul Hijjah 2013. He was then made the Khateeb for Istisqa Prayers in July 2016

Sheikh Talib (left), Sheikh Ghamdi (center) and Sheikh Baleelah (right)

Thursday, May 17, 2018

1st Ramadan 1439: Highlights from the Haramain

From Sheikh Mahmud's beautiful debut in Masjid Al Nabawi to Sheikh Budayr emotional Dua, here the highlights from the Haramain on 1st Ramadan.

Masjid Al Haram, Makkah:

A Beautiful commencement of Ramadan was signaled by the Adhan of Sheikh Muhammad Basaad. Sheikh Abdul Rehman Al Sudais was expected to lead but to everyone's 'little surprise' Sheikh Juhany led the Maghrib Salah.

Sheikh Saleh Al Talib expectantly led Isha Salah and Sheikh Bandar Baleelah  started of the Taraweeh with his beautiful Recitation. A Live recording clip is attached below:

After Sheikh Baleelah's turn everyone waited paitiantly for Sheikh Sudais's magical recitation and his Dua but to everyone's suprise (Big one here), Sheikh Abdullah Awad Al Juhany started to lead the Taraweeh. A source suggested that Sheikh Sudais was unwell 

Sheikh Juhany's soothing Recitation ended with a beautiful Dua. A Live recording of his recitation and Dua is below:


Masjid Al Nabawi, Madinah:

A Beautiful debut by Sheikh Mahmud Khalil Al Qari was attended by almost all Imams of Masjid Al Nabawi, his debut video and live recording is attached below:

Sheikh Budayr's emotional Recitation teared up everyone and he ended the Taraweeh with an emotional Dua:

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Ramadan 2018: Crescent not Sighted, First Ramadan on 17th May

The Ramadan Crescent was not sighted on the evening of 15th May, hence 1st Ramadan 1439 will begin on 17th May 2018.

Taraweeh Prayers will begin in the Haramain after Isha Salah tomorrow