Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – The Grand Mufti of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Al Al-Sheikh, said that “placing a lamp on the minaret of the mosque to indicate that the prayer has been performed has no basis in Sharia, and it is one of the heresies,” as he said.
The Mufti’s comment came in response to a question about the permissibility of placing a lamp over the minaret of the mosque to indicate that the prayer was performed instead of the speakers.
And the mufti added, “Putting such a lamp on the minaret of the mosque, to show that the prayer has been established, has no basis in Sharia… This is an innovation.”
Sheikh Abdulaziz Al Al-Sheikh believed that whoever was keen to pray would come with the call to prayer, or at least when hearing the iqaamah, and “and whoever puts it (the lamp) must remove it so that he will not be affected by his sin and the sin of those who act upon it.”
This comes after a state of controversy in Saudi Arabia, after the decision of the Minister of Islamic Affairs, Abdullatif Al-Sheikh, on Monday, to limit the use of loudspeakers in mosques to the call to prayer and Iqamah, which he indicated that “this came as a result of complaints from those who live next to mosques,” according to statements he made. During an interview with the official Saudi Al-Ekhbariya channel.