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Robots guide pilgrims, give advice, fatwas on Hajj, Umrah rites





The Guidance Robot is a new initiative from the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque. It is designed to provide advice to pilgrims, including guidance on how to perform rituals, as well as to provide fatwas on legal issues for performing Umrah.

The robot is able to communicate in Arabic, English, and Urdu and is situated in the courtyard of the Grand Mosque, near the King Abdulaziz Gate.

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Sheikh Badr bin Abdullah Al-Furaih, deputy president for guidance affairs, told Arab News that the robot is commonly asked between 100 to 150 questions daily regarding Umrah rituals during Ramadan. The majority of people interacting with the robot are Saudi, Syrian, Pakistani, or Indian, he added.

The robot is able to access information from numerous books, as well as advice provided by scholars from around the Arab world.

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