Procedure to Apply for Etikaf in Makkah and Madina

Every Muslim desire to perform Etikaf during the holy month of Ramadan and to perform Etikaf in any of the two Holy mosques is an utmost desire of every Muslim.

Keeping this in view, the Presidency of the two Holy Mosques make special arrangements for the worshippers every year and this year it has launched an online information portal for giving guidelines and registration facilities to those worshippers who are willing to perform Etikaf during this month.

Etikaf timing starts on 20th Ramadan and ends after Isha prayer on sighting Eid-UlFitr moon. It is also important for every Muslim to know about the things that break or invalidate the Etikaf.

Procedure to Apply for Etikaf in Masjid al Nabawi (Madina)

Open this website and enter your Iqama number or Passport number in the designated area. If you are a resident in Saudi Arabia, you need to enter Iqama number and Umrah pilgrims have to enter Passport number.

Read the instructions carefully. We have also explained these instructions in the below paragraphs.

In the next page, you will have to enter your Full Name, Birth Year, Nationality, Gender, Phone Number in Saudi Arabia and email address. You can see help from the attached screenshot.

In the next screen, the system will inform you that they have successfully received your application to apply for the Etikaf in Masjid al Nabawi. You need to wait for the confirmation. The confirmation will be communicated to your provided mobile number.

Within a couple of days, you will receive a message on the phone number provided at the time of applying for Etikaf confirming you about the status.

Procedure to Apply for Etikaf in Masjid al-Haram (Makkah)

In Masjid Al-Haram, the basement area of King Fahad expansion is allotted for Etikaf worshippers. Each and every Etikaf performer is given a separate shelf and safe to keep his belonging.

The worshippers are given their own keys for locking their belongings securely. Besides this, one praying rug, one pillow and light bed sheet and 2 Ihram dresses are given to every worshipper. 

In an earlier post, we have provided a complete guide to performing Etikaf in Masjid al-Haram Makkah including What to pack? Where to sleep? Where should you pray? Where and what to eat? How to survive the crowd on Friday and odd night? I think if you are planning for Etikaf in Makkah, it is a must-read guide for you.

To register yourself for Etikaf in Masjid-Al-Haram follow the below procedure:

In order to register for Etikaf, first, make your account by clicking on “Register for a new account” or by clicking on this link.

Fill the registration form. After filling the registration form, visit your email inbox and confirm the email and then click on the login button to access your account.

Go to the main page to register yourself. In Arabic, the icon is (Nizam-Al- Etikaf), in English, it is usually translated as Retreat.

Read the conditions and instructions for the observance. After reading it approve the terms and conditions

Attach your image and choose the language. Then click to submit your request for Etikaf to obtain an application number.

Monitor to inquire about the request for Etikaf and print it.

You can also check the status of Etikaf application registration form online.