RIYADH: Mosques across the Kingdom will conduct midnight prayers (Qiyam Al-Layl) at 1.a.m beginning Tuesday to mark the beginning of the last 10 days of Ramadan.
“The special prayers are conducted during the last 10 days of the holy month from 1 a.m.,” said Mohammed Obaidullah, a prayer leader at Sheebani Mosque in Riyadh’s Nasseriyah district. He explained that there are six rakahs in three pairs, followed by the Witr prayer that comprise three rakahs. It takes nearly a minimum duration of 75 minutes.
The last 10 days are more significant since the Holy Qur’an was first revealed to mankind through Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) on Lailat Al-Qadr (“Night of Power” or “Night of Destiny“). The imam said that good deeds of the worshippers will be richly rewarded during the last 10 days of the holy month.
To enable worshippers to find a comfortable atmosphere inside the mosques and courtyards, private establishments that have been contracted to maintain mosques throughout the Kingdom, have geared up their staff to be on duty throughout the nights to ensure smooth supply of power and water.
Extensive arrangements have been made in all mosques to accommodate additional number of worshippers during this period. Separate provision has been made in most mosques for women to perform the prayers.
Philanthropists regularly supply soft drinks and water to the worshippers who come to spend their time at the mosques during the midnight prayers.
Sequel to a directive issued by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance, mosques will be kept open for worshippers throughout the night during the last 10 days. Some mosques will be illuminated to lent a festive environment