Saudi Arabia Announces Hajj Guidelines For Domestic Pilgrims

by Vaishnavi Venkataraman
Saudi Arabia Announces Hajj Guidelines For Domestic Pilgrims

Earlier, in June, Saudi Arabia confirmed that Hajj pilgrimage will be held this year. However, only a small number of residents will be allowed to perform Hajj. Saudis, and expatriate residents from various nationalities can perform the Haj rituals this year. The decision comes as a precautionary measure to avoid crowds. Meanwhile, did you know This Is The World’s Only Place To Be Unaffected And Immune To Coronavirus?

Saudi Puts A Cap On The Number Of Domestic Pilgrims

The Kindgom of Saudi Arabia has banned gatherings and meetings during the Hajj this year, in order to curb the spread of the virus. In line with this, the kingdom has put a cap in the number of domestic pilgrims attending the Hajj. The number of pilgrims visiting Hajj this year has been reduced to 1,000.

Hajj sites at Mina, Muzdalifah and Arafat will be accessible only to those with Hajj permits, for pilgrims and organisers, from July 19 until August 2, 2020. In addition, for the first time, Muslims abroad will not permitted to take part in the pilgrimage. The UAE Hajj Affairs Office (HAO) announced that the country will not participate in this year’s Haj. The decision was made in coordination with the Saudi Ministry of Haj and Umrah.

Rules For Worshippers

1. Pilgrims will not be allowed to touch the Kaaba

2. Worshippers must keep a minimum distance of one and a half metres from one another during mass prayers and while performing tawaf

3. All visitors and staff must wear facemask at all times

What Is Hajj?

The Hajj is an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, the holiest city for Muslims. This mandatory religious duty for Muslims that must be carried out at least once in their lifetime by all adult Muslims. A literal translation of the word Hajj means “heading to a place for the sake of visiting”. This journey symbolizes stripping away every social hierarchy and being one with all the Muslims brethren.