Saudi Arabia did not ban loudspeakers in preparation for Ramzan
A list doing the rounds as new rules for Ramzan in Saudi is fake
Saudi Arabia Bans Loudspeaker And Prayers On Road
A 56-second video purportedly showing a conversation between two to convey a list of new rules for Ramzan in Saudi Arabia is viral. The list claims the following as new rules – no loudspeakers, no broadcasting prayers, no praying on streets, and no asking for donations.
A tweet that listed the same rules by Sami Hamdi is quoted as the video source. Some of the posts with such a claim can be seen here, here and here. Mainstream media including The Print, Times Now, News 18 and Panchjanya also mentioned this claim as a piece of news.
What is the truth?
When checking the tweet mentioned as the source of the viral posts, it is found that it has quoted a tweet by the official account of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs. The mainstream media reports also quoted a tweet by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs as their source.
The tweet dated 3, March 2023 posted an image mentioning it as a circular to all branches of the Ministry of the need to prepare mosques to serve the worshipers, as part of the Ministry’s preparations to receive the blessed month of Ramzan 1444 AH.
أصدر معالي وزير الشؤون الإسلامية د.#عبداللطيف_آل_الشيخ تعميمًا لكافة فروع الوزارة بضرورة تهيئة المساجد والجوامع لمايخدم المصلين، وذلك ضمن استعدادات الوزارة لاستقبال شهر #رمضان المبارك لهذا العام ١٤٤٤هـ. pic.twitter.com/9Q4x9CWWPE
— وزارة الشؤون الإسلامية 🇸🇦 (@Saudi_Moia) March 3, 2023
The same is also tweeted by the English page of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs. The circular did not have anything listed as no loudspeakers or no broadcasting prayers as claimed by the viral posts. The circular listed the importance of reading some useful books, full regulation in their work, no absenteeism unless necessary, not collecting financial donations for projects to iftar the fast and so on. The list also mentions that iftar should be in the places prepared for that in the courtyards of the mosque and no temporary rooms or tents to be created to hold the iftar in them.
His Excellency the Minister of Islamic Affairs #Dr_Abdullatif_Al_Alsheikh issued a circular to all branches of the Ministry of the need to prepare mosques to serve the worshipers, as part of the Ministry's preparations to receive the Holy Month of #Ramadan 1444AH. pic.twitter.com/uTSJ0Jc5JE
— Ministry of Islamic Affairs 🇸🇦 (@Saudi_MoiaEN) March 3, 2023
A similar claim that Saudi Arabia banned the installation of loudspeakers in mosques was doing the rounds on the internet in 2022. Youturn fact-checked and published an article on the same.
Read More: No, Saudi Arabia did not ban the installation of loudspeakers in mosques.
It is found that the claim that no loudspeakers are to be used as a part of new rules for Ramzan in Saudi Arabia is false. No such rule is announced by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs. And the list doing the rounds as new rules for Ramzan is completely fake.