Small bags can be kept in lockers available outside mosque courtyard.
Report from Saudi Arabia says, Muslim worshippers are not allowed to take their luggage inside the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina.
The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said small bags are banned from getting inside the prayer areas of the mosque but can be kept in lockers available at its outside courtyards.
According to the Ministry, the ban is to ensure smooth movement at the Islam’s second Holiest site.
“Large luggage, meanwhile, can neither be allowed inside the mosque or into its courtyards,” the ministry added.
The Prophet’s Mosque in Medina houses AlRawda Al Sharifa where the tomb of the Prophet Mohammad (Peace Be Upon Him) is located.
According to Saudi rules, worshippers wishing to visit and pray in Al Rawda AlSharifa have to obtain an official permit in advance.
Al-Noor reports that after making Umrah pilgrimage at the Grand Mosque, Islam’s Holiest site in Mecca, many pilgrims would flock the Prophet’s Mosque.
Saudi Arabia expects around 10 million Muslims from abroad during the current season for Umrah or lesser pilgrimage.
Muslims, who cannot physically or financially afford Hajj, go to Saudi Arabia to undertake Umrah.
Last April, Saudi authorities unveiled a gilded brass barrier surrounding the Sacred Chamber at the Prophet’s Mosque.
“The new barrier replaced a wooden barrier to preserve the visual identity and architectural pattern of the Mosque,” officials said at the time.
The barrier design, was inspired by the Interior of the Prophet’s Chamber, Rawda Alherifa and cabins holding copies of the Holy Quran at the Old Mosque.
Made of pure brass, the barrier is 87 metres long, surrounding the Sacred Chamber fromt hree directions. It has posts fixed to the bottom base by internal props, guaranteeing its immovability under pressure of humand density and easy maintenance.
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