Prayers resume at Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia

On October 18, daily prayers resumed at the Grand Mosque in Mecca for the first time in 7 months. Residents of the kingdom were allowed to perform prayers at the mosque, where the Kaaba is located, according to state television.  

The kingdom of Saudi Arabia has allowed 15,000 pilgrims per day – expanding capacity by 75% – to pray at Al-Masjid al-Nabawi, or the Prophet’s Mosque, in Medina. Visitors from abroad will be permitted from Nov. 1, when capacity will be raised to 20,000, with a total of 60,000 worshippers allowed. 

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