JEDDAH, June 22: Saudi Arabia announced Monday it would allow this year’s Hajj but with very limited number of pilgrims and only from within the Kingdom.
This decision aims at performing Hajj rituals in a “safe and healthy” manner, and in a way that secures protection and physical distancing on one hand, and to honor the Islamic sharia’s teachings on importance of protecting human lives on the other, official SPA news agency reported.
Saudi Arabia’s adopts this decision, it said, due to the ongoing threat posed by coronavirus pandemic and lack of vaccine and medication.
It also said instructions of the health authorities were clear in maintaining health security amidst rising infections, it said.
Saudi Arabia, soon after the pandemic broke out in some countries, suspended Umra (mini-pilgrimage), said SPA, and started taking care of pilgrims who were already inside the Kingdom. (KUNA)