Showing posts with label Ramadan2024. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ramadan2024. Show all posts

Thursday, March 14, 2024

Ramadan Reforms: Navigating Saudi Arabia’s New Religious Regulations

New Ramadan Regulations in Saudi Arabia: A Shift in Tradition

Mecca, Kaaba, official announcement poster for Ramadan Reforms in Saudi Arabia with worshippers in prayer positions near the Kaaba

In the wake of Saudi Arabia's progressive reforms, the kingdom has introduced a new set of regulations for the observance of Ramadan, signaling a significant shift from traditional practices. These changes, led by the kingdom's leadership, aim to modernize religious experiences and align them with the government's vision for a public sphere regulated by modern standards.

Restriction on the Use of Loudspeakers

A high-resolution image of a mosque's minaret with a crossed-out loudspeaker, Arabic calligraphy for Loudspeakers', and a 'Ban' label with an official-looking seal

A key aspect of the new regulations is the limitation on loudspeaker volume during the call to prayer, which is now restricted to one-third of its previous level. Moreover, the recitation of the Quran through loudspeakers has been completely banned, presenting challenges for worshippers to follow the Imam's recitation, particularly for those situated at the back of mosques.

Ban on Broadcasting Ramadan Prayers

An illustrative image showcases a towering broadcasting structure, its signals visibly nullified, emblematic of the temporary transmission cessation during the holy month of Ramadan.

The new guidelines also prohibit the broadcasting of Ramadan prayers and Quran recitation across all media platforms, except for the holy mosques in Mecca and Medina. This move aims to control the dissemination of religious content but has raised concerns within the global Muslim community.

Shortened Prayers and Discouraged Donations

Mosques are now mandated to shorten prayers and supplications, and the collection of donations within mosque premises has been prohibited. This rule affects the traditional practice of funding meals for those breaking their fast and other charitable activities during Ramadan.

ID Requirement and Restrictions on Bringing Children

The regulations require worshippers to present identification when attending mosques during the last ten days of Ramadan. Additionally, bringing children to mosques is now prohibited, reflecting a practice aimed at minimizing religious influences on youth.

Limits on Communal Meals

The communal aspect of Ramadan, characterized by the breaking of fast together, has been impacted by the new rules. Mosques are no longer allowed to provide meals within their premises or set up tents for communal meals outside.


The introduction of these regulations marks a transformative period for Saudi Arabia as it continues on its path of reform. The kingdom's commitment to modernizing its religious landscape is evident, though the full impact of these changes on the cultural and spiritual fabric of society is yet to be determined.


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