Al-Masjid-al-HaramThere has been a constant rise in the number of worshipers sleeping and eating in the Grand Mosque each year, reported Arab News. Religious scholars have declared such acts as a violation of Shariah.

Authorities have have repeatedly called on people to stop using the Holy mosque for food and drink and relaxation.

Solutions to the problems have been called for by the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques. Ahmad Al Mansuri, director of Public Relations at the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques said that they were trying to tackle the issue by communicating and creating awareness. He said that they distribute informative leaflets that are printed in many languages among worshipers for making them aware of the issue.

The director of the Islamic Studies Center at Umm Al Qura University, Muhammad Matar said that the mosques are a place of worship. In case one has come to pray while fasting, it is alright to bring a few dates to break the fast. “But people go beyond that,” Matar said.