Saudi Arabia: Hajj 2020 to be held with very limited number of pilgrims
- Decision taken due to the ongoing threat from the coronavirus pandemic
- Pilgrims will come from various nationalities who already reside in Saudi Arabia
RIYADH: Hajj will go ahead next month but with a “very limited” number of pilgrims allowed to take part, Saudi Arabia said on Monday.
Pilgrims taking part will be from various nationalities who already reside in Saudi Arabia.
In a statement on Monday, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said: “In light of the continuation of the coronavirus pandemic and the risks of infections spreading in crowded spaces and large gatherings, it has been decided that Haj for this year (1441 H/ 2020 AD) 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.”
The decision has been taken to ensure Haj 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 decision was taken due to the ongoing threat from the coronavirus pandemic and to preserve “global public health,” the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said.
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