This year’s Hajj will witness a limited number of pilgrims, which has been scaled down to include only 1000 Muslim pilgrims. It is scheduled to start on July 29 as revealed by the Saudi authorities.

Earlier, it was reported that Saudi Arabia has banned all international pilgrims from visiting and performing Hajj this year in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic. As per an earlier announcement made by the Saudi Government, only a limited number of Saudi residents and citizens will be allowed to visit Mecca to maintain social distancing this year.

As per the records, around 2.5 million people usually take part in the ritual, which is performed in the holy city of Mecca.

Referring to this, an official in the know-how stated, “the stand of pilgrims on Mount Arafat, the peak of the Hajj ritual, falls on Thursday,” also citing the Supreme Court mentioning that Wednesday would be the first day of the annual event.

In fact, the timing of Hajj is determined by the position of the moon as per the Islamic lunar calendar. Although Hajj officials have mentioned that the number of pilgrims will be restricted to only 1000 people, which will include those who are already in the kingdom―both foreigners and citizens—it is more likely that around 10000 people might likely take part, as per some news reports.

The decision to ban international pilgrims from taking part in the pilgrimage is a first in the kingdom’s modern history. Also, those taking part in the ritual will have to undergo Coronavirus test before arriving in the holy city of Mecca and are required to quarantine at home after the ritual, as revealed by the health officials.

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