More than 2,000 mosques in Qatar to welcome worshippers during Ramadan

More than 2,000 mosques in Qatar to welcome worshippers during Ramadan

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By QLNews

More than 2,000 mosques across the country will receive worshippers during the holy month of Ramadan, announced Qatar’s Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs on Sunday. Separate arrangements for women have been made in about 120 mosques across Qatar.

The Ministry has also lined up numerous religious activities, including providing Iftar meals to fasting people and food baskets to the needy, religious lectures and cultural and educational competitions for all age groups.

Awqaf’s Assistant Undersecretary for Religious Calls and Mosques Mohamad Hamad Al Kuwari addressed a Press conference at the Imam Muhammad Ibn Abd Al Wahhab Mosque, outlining their preparations for the Holy month.

He said all 2,150 mosques operating across the country have been prepared for receiving worshipers during Ramadan.

“Women's prayer areas have been readied in about 120 mosques. More separate areas for women have been arranged in a number of mosques across the country. A group of mosques will also be available for Itikaf (the practice of secluding oneself during the final 10 days of Ramadan in a mosque),” said Al Kuwari.

“Imams are also ready for leading prayers during Ramadan. As many as 50 supportive imams (collaborators) have been assigned for leading prayers in mosques. The department has also assigned 25 Qatari imams to mosques for support during the blessed month,” he added.

“The General Endowment Department of the Ministry in coordination with charity organisations and philanthropists has applied to organise Iftar programmes adjacent to the mosques,” said Al Kuwari.

Sheikh Dr Khalid bin Mohamad Al Thani, Director of the Endowments Department, said they will launch numerous religious activities during Ramadan. The department will also launch new scholarships in coordination with Education Above All Foundation. “A number of programmes will be aired on TV like Katara Holy Quran Contest for adults and Tijan Al Nur programme for children,” said Dr Khalid. 

Zakat Affairs Department Director Saad Imran Al Kuwari said they were set to launch a smartphone app offering services of zakat calculation and inquiries related to giving zakat. He said needy people would be able to apply for assistance and follow up on their requests through the app.

Abdullah bin Zaid Al Mahmoud Islamic Cultural Center Director Dr Saleh Ali Al Akhun said they would organise a number of programmes for non-Arabic speakers during Ramadan.

The Bin Zaid Forum for Muslim Expatriate Communities will be held in six languages for 15 days starting from the fourth day of Ramadan.

“Thousands of Urdu, Malayalam, Tamil, Bengali, Malay and Oromo-speaking people are expected to benefit from the programme,” said Al Akhun.

Head of Sharia Research Section of the Research and Studies Department Mashari Ali Al Namlan said they will hold cultural and educational competitions, featuring questions related to Islamic history and culture.

Department of Religious Call and Guidance will hold 950 religious lectures for men and women. Over 8,000 bags containing pamphlets will also be distributed.

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