ISLAMABAD – The Suadi Arabian government has almost completed all arrangements for the holy Qur'an recitation at Makkah's Grand Mosque ahead of Ramazan. The Qur'an is now available in 72 different foreign languages.
“We have developed a state-of-the-art technology system that any smartphone user with a barcode reader application can use to download the Qur'an software inside the Grand Mosque in the language of choice,” said Ali Hamid Al Nafji, a senior official at the Presidency of the Grand Mosque Affairs.
“The Qur'an, along with commentary and translation, is available for download in most of the world's major languages, including Chinese, Sinhalese, Telugu and Somali,” he said. The number of shelves has been doubled to include more storage space for the holy books.
“The number of shelves inside the Grand Mosque has been increased to 4,000 shelves containing 950,000 copies of the Qur'an in different languages for worshippers to read," he said. The six imams appointed to lead the evening taraweeh and pre-dawn tahajjud prayers include Abdulrahman Al-Sudais, Saud Al-Shuraim, Abdullah Al-Johani, Maher Al-Muaiqly, Khaled Al-Ghamdi and Bandar Baleelah.
Al-Sudais will lead the taraweeh prayers on the conclusion of the Qur'an at the end of Ramazan. Security arrangements are in place to cope with the influx of pilgrims, with 2,000 surveillance cameras installed at strategic points inside the Grand Mosque and the central area in Makkah to monitor crowds, according to police officials.