The Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah announces its decision regarding Hajj this year

Nearly two million Muslims around the world flock to Saudia Arabia to perform Hajj every year.

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Media reports have been previously detailing that Saudia Arabia is considering banning overseas pilgrims from performing Hajj this year. A report stated:

Saudia Arabia wants to replicate the last year’s strategy of allowing only locals and residents of other Muslim countries already residing in Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj this year.

Another media outlet reported:

The Saudi government is planning to allow only Saudis and residents of the Gulf country, who are vaccinated or have recovered from Covid-19 at least six months before the rituals, for performing Hajj.

However, despite the growing concerns of Covid-19, Saudia Arabia has allowed pilgrims to perform Hajj this year. The kingdom confirmed the news on Sunday.

In a statement, the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said:

We are keen to enable the guests and visitors of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque to perform the rituals of Hajj and Umrah. There will be strict health conditions on intending pilgrims without unveiling the restrictions and standards.

An official announcement in this regard is still awaited.

Nearly two million Muslims around the world flock to Saudia Arabia to perform Hajj every year. However, ever since the pandemic hit the world, only a limited number of people have performed Hajj. Many foreign Hajj pilgrims were deprived of this holy duty last year because of the growing intensity of the Covid-19.

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