Saudis refuse to open shops during prayer time despite the decision of the Federation of Saudi Chambers | A homeland tweeting outside the flock


The pioneers of social networking sites in Saudi Arabia circulated a video clip showing the commitment of shop owners to close their shops during prayer times, despite the decision to open shops issued by official authorities.

A Saudi activist documented the commitment of shop owners to a video clip monitored by “Watan,” where a large number of shop owners showed commitment to closing prayer times.

The publisher of the video commented on the commitment of the shop owners, by saying: “When faith is in the hearts.”

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The pioneers of social networking sites interacted with the video, expressing their admiration for the decision of the shop owners.

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Earlier, the Saudi authorities, according to an official decision, allowed the continuation of the opening of shops and the practice of commercial and economic activities throughout working hours, including prayer times; What sparked a state of controversy in the Kingdom.

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The Federation of Saudi Chambers said that in order to avoid the manifestations of crowding and gathering, waiting for a long time and working with preventive measures against the Corona virus, and to preserve the health of shoppers, we call upon the owners of shops and commercial activities to continue opening shops during prayer times.

Opening shops during prayer time causes a sensation

The Federation of Saudi Chambers, which is concerned with commercial activities in the country, added that its decision came to improve the shopping experience and organize work in a way that does not conflict with the performance of workers, shoppers and customers for prayers.


Earlier, the Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs, Abdul Latif Al Sheikh, raised the controversy again by defending the decision to reduce the volume of loudspeakers in mosques.

Al-Sheikh said, according to a video clip monitored by Watan, that there are families who complain that loud speakers keep their children awake.

Al-Sheikh explained that the changes were a response to complaints from the public about the loud sound, including elderly Prime Time Zone and parents whose children could not sleep continuously.

He added: “He who has the desire to pray does not wait until the imam enters and says the takbeer and hears his voice. He is supposed to go first to the mosque,” ​​adding that there are also several television channels that broadcast prayers.

And he continued: “The ministry did not prohibit an obligation or desirable, and did not impose anything forbidden or disliked, and the residence is for those who are inside the mosque and not outside it.”

The minister said that “enemies” are spreading some criticism of politics in order to incitement, claiming that there are “enemies of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia who want to stir up public opinion, who want to question the decisions of the state, and who want to dismantle national cohesion through their messages.”

Circular about loudspeakers

In a surprising circular, the Ministry of Islamic Affairs said that the volume of loudspeakers in mosques should not be higher than a third of the device’s pitch.

It also restricted the use of external loudspeakers to raising the call to prayer and Iqamah.

The change comes at a time when there is a broader reform of the role of religion in public life under the leadership of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom’s de facto ruler, who has eased some strict social restrictions while not allowing any political dissent.

It is too early to determine the extent of the impact of this new directive in the Kingdom. Riyadh residents said the sound in some, but not all, mosques appeared to be quieter.

At least one mosque played loudspeakers for the duration of the prayers, at the same volume as usual, according to Reuters.

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