Hajj will go ahead next month but with a “very limited” number of pilgrims allowed to take part, Saudi Arabia said on Monday.
The Ministry of Haj and Umrah in Saudi Arabia have decided to allow a limited number of citizens and residents who are already in the Kingdom to do this year’s Hajj.
In a statement, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said and in light of the continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic and the risks of infections spreading in crowded spaces and large gatherings, it has been decided that Hajj for this year (1441 H/ 2020 AD) will be held whereby a very limited number of pilgrims from various nationalities who already reside in the Kingdom, would be able to perform it.
“The government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques is honored to serve millions of Hajj and Umrah pilgrims annually and it confirms that this decision stems from the top priority it accords maintaining the safety of pilgrims on its land until they depart to their home countries.”
We ask Allah the Almighty to protect all countries from this pandemic and keep all humans protected and safe, the statement said.
The decision was taken to ensure Hajj is performed in a safe manner from a public health perspective while observing all preventative measures and the necessary social distancing protocols to protect human beings from the risks associated with this pandemic and in accordance with the teachings of Islam in preserving the lives of human beings, the statement added.
Source: Saudi Gazette