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Saudi Arabia holds ‘limited’ Hajj

Mecca, June 22, 2020

Saudi Arabia will allow Hajj pilgrimage for a ‘limited number’ of people this year, due to the continued risk of the coronavirus pandemic, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said on Monday.

Those people will be of different nationalities and will be people who reside in Saudi Arabia.

The ministry stressed in its statement that the Kingdom has always set the safety and security of Muslim pilgrims aiming to perform Hajj and Umrah as a top priority.

“In light of continuation of the pandemic and the risks of Coronavirus spreading in crowded spaces and large gatherings, and its transmission between countries, and the increase in average infections globally, it has been decided that Hajj for this year will be held whereby a very limited number of pilgrims from various nationalities who already reside in Saudi Arabia, would be able to perform it,” MOFA said.

“This decision is 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.”

This year’s Hajj is expected to start towards the end of July.


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