By Worldbulletin staff
The Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques has launched a web site that allows people from all over the world to watch prayers and sermons at the two mosques, Arab media said.
It also offers access to 45,000 recordings of recitation of the Holy Quran and Islamic lectures.
The website (www.gph.gov.sa) provides information about the presidency and its activities. It also contains links to the Agency for the Prophet's Mosques Affairs, libraries of the two mosques, the Institute of the Haram Mosque and the Kaaba Kiswa Factory in Makkah.
The Presidency is now working on the second phase of the project, which will include e-education services. Indices of rare books and calligraphic writings available in the two libraries will serve as a useful reference for researchers.
"Services in English and other major languages will be available during the second phase," an official source said on Monday.
The web site contains information about how to perform Haj and Umrah, speeches in Arabic, Urdu and English, and prayer times in the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah, recitations of the Holy Quran by the imams of the two Holy Mosques and their Juma sermons and books published by the Presidency.
The web site will also have radio programmes in Arabic, Bahasa Indonesia and Urdu in addition to the programmes of Radio Quran.
"People can also access translations of the Holy Quran in different languages," the source said, and added that the e-library contains pictures of the two Holy Mosques.
"We have launched this web site in order to inform the public about our services," explained Saleh Al Hosain, head of the Presidency. He hoped that the web site would contribute to spreading the message of Islam among other communities.
He said the Presidency would work to make the web site's services available in other major languages for the benefit of more people.
"The web site provides a golden opportunity for those who are not able to visit the two Holy Mosques to watch prayers and sermons there," said Dr Muhammad Al Khozaim, deputy chief of the Presidency. He invited proposals from the public to improve the web site and its services.
The web site provides information about the Presidency and its activities. It also contains links to the Agency for the Prophet's Mosques Affairs, libraries of the two mosques, the Institute of the Haram Mosque and the Kaaba Kiswa Factory in Makkah.
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