It is mandatory to get a vaccination before accepting the applications of individuals who are seeking to issue itikaf permit, Assistant Undersecretary of Guidance Affairs at the Two Holy Mosques Bader Al-Fraih confirmed.
Al-Fraih during his interview together with Al-Ikhbariya channel, mentioned that there are various conditions that must be fulfilled by the applicant to apply for an itikaf permit, including an identity cards and the submission of vaccination doses for COVID-19.
Itikaf permits won’t be given to anyone unless they meet the standards, said Al-Fraih.
Vaccination Mandatory for Itikaf Permits
Itikaf permits come with a validity date and last until the final 10 days of Ramadan Al-Fraih explained and emphasized that their validity runs from the 21st day of Ramadan up to the evening on Eid Al-Fitr.
In the basement, the King Fahd located in the Grand Mosque has been designated for those who wish to carry out the itikaf ritual only, since there will not be any pilgrims or worshippers in the basement.
In the words of Al Yaum newspaper, nearly 500 permits and cards were created for those performing the itikaf ceremony in the Grand Mosque, Al-Fraih said.
He also mentioned that the presidency of the Two Holy Mosques had offered dry food, bags, and lockers that would assist with their needs to ensure they will not be distracted by anything else then worship.
It is worth noting that itikaf, the practice of being in a mosque only for prayer and meditation, will be held within the Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah after an absence of two years caused by an outbreak of the coronavirus.