Over 10,000 turn up to hear Sheikh Sudais at Zabeel Mosque

Over 10,000 turn up to hear Sheikh Sudais at Zabeel Mosque

Saudi grand mufti leads Taraweeh prayers in Dubai.

By Muaz Shabandri - Reporter

Published: Sun 28 Jun 2015, 12:10 AM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 4:04 PM

Dubai — More than 10,000 Muslims turned up at Dubai’s Zabeel Mosque on Thursday evening for a special taraweeh prayer. Sheikh Dr Abdul Rahman Al Sudais, imam of the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Makkah who lead the congregation, also spoke after the prayers in a special talk. The celebrated imam is known for his tuneful and emotional recitation of the Quran.

Rugs and carpets extended well outside the mosque’s main entrance as worshippers overflowed into the parking area. Mohammed Izhan, a student in Dubai was one of the faithful who came early to find a spot inside the mosque.


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“There was no way I could miss this opportunity and I was planning to be here since the last one week. For any Muslim, this was a golden opportunity because it isn’t everyday we get to pray behind such a well-known reciter of the Holy Quran. I was lucky to find a spot in the third rows and the experience was simply amazing,” he said.

Dawood from Kenya was among the thousands of people who had made his way to the mosque.

“I have only heard him on radio. When I came to know that he would lead the prayers in Dubai, I didn’t want to miss hearing him in real life. His recitation is perfect,” said Dawood.

Abdul Salam, a Moroccan expat knew about the taraaweeh prayers from his colleagues.

“Obviously we know Sheikh Sudais is the imam of Makkah’s grand mosque and it is an honour. We haven’t been to Haj yet and I came here to pray behind him just to get a feeling. It is a beautiful masjid and I came here to hear his voice, which is known to Muslims all over the world,” he said. Traffic to the area was cordoned off shortly after Iftar with special buses by Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA) helping people reach the venue from Zaabeel park. —muaz@khaleejtimes.com

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