According to the international news agency, the government of Saudi Arabia has started considering a proposal to reduce the number of pilgrims in the country this year after the number of cases of corona virus in the country exceeded one million. At a meeting on Hajj arrangements at the end of July this year, Saudi officials considered reducing the number of pilgrims, only symbolic numbers would be allowed to perform the ritual so that the duty could be performed and there could be an outbreak of the corona virus. Even the least.
Apart from this, strict ban on elderly pilgrims and strict measures regarding health were also discussed. However, a final decision is yet to be taken which will be announced by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Shah Salman bin Abdul Aziz himself. It was decided that only 20% of the Hajj quota of all countries should be allowed, but this would also affect the Saudi economy.
Every year, about 2.5 million Muslims from around the world come to Saudi Arabia to perform the Hajj, which adds billions of dollars to the economy. However, top Saudi officials have decided to prioritize health and the lives of the people over the economy. Is.
Earlier, there were reports that the Hajj would be canceled for other places and only a few locals would perform this duty on behalf of the entire Islamic world. However, such reports have been denied and it is possible that the Hajj Therefore, a small number from all countries will be allowed to fulfill the duty of each country.
It should be noted that the number of corona virus patients in Saudi Arabia has exceeded one million. After the imposition of curfew for several days, the holy places have been opened. However, curfew is still in force in Jeddah. A month ago, Muslims were also asked to delay preparations for Hajj.