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.
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. However, many others defending the practice and hoped that it would continue.
Source: Gulf Business