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6.3 Million Worshippers Visit Prophet’s Mosque in Medina During Special Week

The Agency for the Prophet’s Mosque Presidency in Saudi Arabia reported that over 6 million worshippers visited the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina during the special week from the 22nd to the 29th of Rabi Al Akhar. This period holds significance in the Islamic lunar calendar. Among the worshippers were 127,671 individuals who offered prayers at Al Rawda Al Sharifa, where the tomb of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) is located.

It’s noteworthy that Saudi authorities emphasize the need for visitors to Al Rawda Al Sharifa to make prior reservations before arriving at the sacred site and adhere to fixed appointments. The visitors often come after performing Umrah at the Grand Mosque in Mecca, especially during the ongoing Umrah season, which started more than four months ago.

Saudi Arabia anticipates around 10 million Muslims from abroad to undertake Umrah during the current season. Umrah is a pilgrimage to Mecca that can be undertaken at any time of the year, unlike the Hajj, which has specific dates and is a mandatory pilgrimage for able-bodied Muslims who can afford it.

In April, Saudi authorities introduced a gilded brass barrier around the Sacred Chamber at the Prophet’s Mosque. This new barrier replaced a wooden one and is designed to preserve the visual identity and architectural pattern of the mosque. The barrier is equipped with features to ensure stability under the pressure of human density and facilitate maintenance.

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