Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah stated the annual pilgrimage can be restricted to a really restricted numbers of pilgrims of all nationalities who’re already residing within the nation, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
An announcement from the ministry stated that as Covid-19 instances proceed to develop globally, and due to the dangers of coronavirus spreading in crowded areas and from different nations, the Hajj will “take place this year with a limited number of pilgrims from all nationalities residing in Saudi Arabia only, who are willing to perform Hajj.”
“This decision is taken to ensure Hajj is safely performed while committing to all preventive measures to protect Muslims and adhere strictly to the teachings of Islam in preserving our health and safety,” in response to the assertion.
The ministry assertion cited the Saudi Ministry of Health as saying that the dangers from coronavirus “are expected to grow further, but there is no vaccine available yet for those infected by the disease. Global health security needs to be preserved.”
The ministry stated it will be difficult to keep up a correct distance in crowded areas and forestall the unfold of the virus.
Based on these issues, the Hajj Ministry assertion stated, “the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, whose top priority is to always provide care to enable Muslims to perform Hajj or Umrah rites safely and securely, has taken severe precautionary measures to protect pilgrims since the beginning of COVID-19.”
More than two million Muslims carried out Hajj final yr, and of these, greater than 1.eight million pilgrims traveled to Saudi Arabia from overseas to participate.
Performing the Hajj is without doubt one of the 5 pillars of Islam and it is without doubt one of the largest non secular gatherings on this planet. Hajj happens two months and 10 days after Ramadan ends, throughout the Islamic month of Dhul-Hijjah.
The Hajj is scheduled this yr to start out on the finish of July.
The peak of Hajj corresponds with the main Islamic holy day Eid al-Adha, which commemorates Abraham’s readiness to sacrifice his son on Divine orders.