Ghamidi to lead Taraweeh at Rashidiya mosque

Ghamidi to lead Taraweeh at Rashidiya mosque

An all new lecture programme initiated after prayer in Arabic and Urdu

By Ahmed Shaaban/senior Reporter

Published: Sun 21 Jun 2015, 12:30 AM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 3:16 PM

Imam Shaikh Jassim Al Ameri led the Taraweeh prayer at the Grand Rashidiya Mosque in Dubai on Wednesday night . — Supplied photo

Dubai - The much-anticipated Quraa (reciters) Dubai programme started late on Wednesday at the Grand Rashidiya Mosque in Dubai. Popular Emirati imam Shaikh Jassim Al Ameri led Muslims in the Taraweeh prayer which saw crowds of worshippers from all across the country throng the iconic mosque.

Prominent Emirati imam Shaikh Khalifa Al Tunaji, known for his beautiful and perfect recitation, will lead the Taraweeh prayers tonight, as per the programme.

As per the set schedule, eminent Saudi imam Sheikh Saad Al Ghamidi will lead the Taraweeh prayers on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday nights at the same mosque. Last Ramadan, over 10,000 worshippers attended the Taraweeh prayers lead by him.

The third edition of the programme was initiated two years back by the Department of Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities (IACAD) in Dubai under the generous sponsorship of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

Dr Hamad Al Shaibani, Director-General — IACAD, said the programme is seeing more Emirati imams as was the case last year, along with others from Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Yemen, and Morocco. “The 13 imams will lead people in the Taraweeh prayers, mostly for two days each.”

The programme, gaining popularity, saw over 10,000 people last year, he told Khaleej Times. “The number is expected to exceed 15,000 this year, particularly with the newly installed separate tents for men and women.”

Dr Omar Al Khatib, Executive Director for Islamic Affairs – IACAD, said they have initiated an all new lecture programme after the Taraweeh prayer in Arabic and Urdu. “We have also installed a big tent, equipped with all facilities, which can accommodate 2,500 women.”

Jassim Al Khazraji, Deputy Chairman of the  Quran Readers Committee, said they are to instal two separate big tents for men and women, with a capacity of 1,500 worshippers each, as well as are making arrangements for  additional parking spaces. “For inquiries and further information, men may contact (050-2424006) and woman can call (056-1638332).”

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