Every day, a meticulous process unfolds inside the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Islam’s holiest site in Saudi Arabia, where more than 80 samples are collected to ensure the quality of key elements.
The Saudi news agency SPA reported that this initiative, managed by the General Authority for the Care of the Two Holy Mosques, involves assessing the air, Zamzam water, and the food offered to worshippers.
The sampling and testing process extend to the rooftops of the Grand Mosque, a site that attracts millions of worshippers from both inside and outside Saudi Arabia throughout the year. These samples are then carefully examined at an epidemiology lab within the mosque.
Hassan Al Sawhiri, the head of the mosque’s prevention and health care department, explained that the samples include 50 from Zamzam water, 20 from food and palm date items, 10 from the rooftops, and additional ones from the air. The lab employs three types of analyses to ensure the highest standards of quality.
Al Sawhiri emphasized the strict supervision maintained over various aspects, such as Zamzam water, food quality, cleaning, carpet sterilization, and overall facilities at the expansive site.
The sampling isn’t limited to specific areas; it covers carpets, drinking facilities, electric escalators, cabins, shelves holding copies of the Holy Quran, plastic barriers, gates, and rooftops.
This comprehensive sampling and testing initiative underscores the commitment to maintaining a high level of cleanliness, safety, and quality at the Grand Mosque, a place of immense religious significance for Muslims worldwide.