2006 News Story

Officials: Women’s prayer area at the Holy Mosque will not be moved

The Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques Affairs yesterday denied media reports that it plans to move the women’s prayer area at the Holy Mosque in Makkah.

Muhammad Nasser Al-Khozaim, vice chairman of the presidency, clarified that the reports were the result of a misunderstanding concerning a proposal to expand prayer areas for women during the five daily prayers.

Al-Khozaim stressed that women are entitled to the same right of worship at the holy site as men.

He explained that an increasing number of women are coming to the mosque to pray, and that additional prayer areas for women are needed. To that end, two additional spaces overlooking the Kaaba have been allocated for women to pray.

In addition, special prayer areas covering 53 percent of the entire holy site have been arranged for women during the holy month of Ramadan.