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Ramadan 2022: Itikaf to resume at Saudi Arabia’s Holy Mosques after two years

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  • Itikaf was suspended at two holy mosques due to COVID.
  • The ban remained in place for two years — 2020 and 2021.
  • Permissions will be issued soon on official website.

MAKKAH: Itikaf will resume at the two holy mosques — Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madina — during this year’s Ramadan after a gap of two years, the Saudi Gazette reported Wednesday.

Head of the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques, Dr Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, making the announcement in a statement, said the presidency would start issuing permits through its official website soon.

But he noted that specific conditions and criteria would be set.

The religious ritual of itikaf is observed in Ramadan during which Muslims stay in mosques for the purpose of worship.

Itikaf was suspended in 2020 after the outbreak of coronavirus and it continued in 2021 as a precautionary measure for curbing the spread of the pandemic, according to the publication.

During the last 10 days of the holy month, as many as 100,000 worshippers used to perform the religious ritual at the two holy mosques in Makkah and Madina.

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The government is about to unleash another gasoline bomb on citizens beaten by inflation

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governmentThe price of petroleum products is anticipated to rise by the Federal Government starting on July 16. The price of gasoline is anticipated to rise by Rs7.67 per litre, the price of high-speed diesel by Rs3.72 per litre, and the price of kerosene by Rs2.73 per litre.

The people have informed me that a proposal to increase the petroleum levy has been created and is pending final clearance from Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

After speaking with the premier, it is expected that the Ministry of Finance will declare the revised petroleum product prices tonight.

Petroleum product prices have recently surged due to rising global oil prices and Pakitsan’s adjustment of the petroleum levy in response to the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) adamant demands, which forced the country to raise the petroleum development levy in the Finance Bill to Rs70 per litre.

Noteworthy is the fact that on July 1, the authorities also dropped a gasoline bomb.

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Torrential Rains: Punjab Is Expected To See Significant Rainfall Today And Tomorrow

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Severe rainstorms are predicted to strike the province in the next days, especially today and tomorrow, according to a warning from the Punjab Provincial Disaster Management Authority.

Given the weather prediction, the PDMA has asked those in charge of organizing mourning processions to take precautions.

Strong downpours are expected to batter the Province tonight and into Muharram 8 and 9, according to a PDMA spokeswoman.

Procession organizers should remain vigilant and make sure that all necessary safety precautions are taken, the spokeswoman recommended.

Rescue agencies have also been instructed by the PDMA to exercise caution, especially during the days of heavy precipitation that are predicted.

Avoid holding Majalis on shaky rooftops, keep a safe distance from electricity poles and wires, and stay away from rivers.

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Pakistan has so far repatriated 653,154 illegal Afghans.

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Reuniting illegal Afghans with their families is still ongoing, and as of right now, 653,154 Afghans have departed Pakistan altogether.

A total of 15,727 Afghans, comprising 7126 men, 4926 women, and 3675 children, departed their homeland between July 3 and July 15.

Five hundred and eighty-one cars carrying 487 families have returned to Afghanistan.

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