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Saudi’s Shoura Council could debate keeping shops open during prayer times

Saudi’s Shoura Council could debate keeping shops open during prayer times

The proposal has led to a heated debate on social media platforms in the kingdom

Saudi Arabia’s Shoura Council is currently studying a proposal that recommends keeping shops open during prayer times, local media reported.

Certain conditions have to be met before the Council can take up the recommendation for study, the Council’s assistant chairman Dr. Yahya Al-Samaan was quoted as saying.

One of the criteria is that it should not clash with any previous recommendations or decisions.

A special five-member committee is being selected to study the proposal, local daily Saudi Gazette said.

Currently, all shops, petrol stations and restaurants in the kingdom stay closed during prayers to allow employees and people to perform them on time.

The proposal has triggered a massive debate on social media platforms in Saudi Arabia, with some residents welcoming a change.

“The problem is that the closing of shops under the pretext of prayer has become an excuse for employees’ negligence,” wrote one Twitter user.

However, many others defending the practice and hoped that it would continue.

Saudi Arabia is the “only state that closes its markets and restaurants for the times of prayer, thank God for this blessing, so do not deprive her of this beautiful distinction”, said one Twitter user.

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