Hajj to be allowed for local Saudi pilgrims only

In a bid to stop the rapid spread of the fatal coronavirus, the Saudi Arabia has put restrictions on international pilgrims aiming to make the annual Islamic pilgrimage, Hajj.

This year, a limited number of pilgrims who are the current residents of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will be allowed to make it to the pilgrimage so as to minimize social contact and avoid the spread of the deadly virus.

Earlier, there were rumors about the cancellation of the Annual pilgrimage due to Covid-19. During normal times, about two million people would have visited Mecca and Medina this summer for annual gathering for hajj remains one of the most significant events in the Islamic calendar.

Saudi Arabia has recorded 161,005 cases of the virus and 1,307 deaths and was under a nationwide lockdown.

In response to the barring of international pilgrims by the Saudi government, the minority affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, in a statement, said that Muslims from India won’t be sent to perform hajj this year due to the fatal coronavirus.

The statement was made by the Minister after the Hajj and Umrah minister Mohammad Saleh bin Taher Benten asked the Indian ministry not to send pilgrims this year via a telephonic conversation.


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