Makkah: Masjid-e-Haram housing Kaba started giving simultaneous Urdu translations of Friday khutba in Masjid-e-Haram in Makkah. The translation service is a trial version of the plan to expand it to Masjid-e-Nabvi in Madina.
English translation for the Khutba was already available but this is the first time that the khutba will translated in Urdu too.
Prince Faisal Bin Salman, the Governor of Madina, has taken the decision after the special order from King (KSA) Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz.
According to the Doctor Abdur Rehman Bin Sudais, caretaker of the Two Holy Mosques , the simultaneous translation will be provided through an intra-FM service though headphones. Translations booths were set up and worshippers were given headphones. Currently service is available only near King Fahad Gate area.
A large number of immigrant workers from India and Pakistan speak Urdu but no estimate is available on total number of Urdu speakers in the Kingdom.
The translation service is in trial period with plan to expand to Masjid-e-Nabvi in Madinah.