At least six Pakistani nationals were convicted of violating the sanctity of the Masjid-e-Nabawi (PBUH) in Madina during Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s visit to Saudi Arabia. A court in Madina awarded 10-year jail term each to Anas, Irshad, Muhammad Saleem, while 8-year jail term each to Khawaja Luqman, Muhammad Afzal, and Ghulam Muhammad. The convicts were also fined Saudi Riyal 20,000 each.
Aitekaf at the Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah will resume during Ramazan after two years, the Saudi government has announced. The religious ritual of staying in mosques for the sole purpose of worship and meditation is observed during Ramazan. As many as 100,000 worshipers perform Aitekaf at the two holy mosques during last 10 days of the holy month.