Wednesday, August 12, 2020

COVID-19 pandemic introduces scaled-down Hajj for Muslims

Coronavirus has affected almost everything in the world, either directly or indirectly. The same goes for the Hajj, which began on Wednesday. Hajj is one of Islam’s five pillars and a must for able-bodied Muslims at least once in their lifetime. 

It is one of the world’s biggest gatherings, drawing more than 2.5 million people each year towards the two Arabian cities of Mecca and Medina. The holy pilgrimage of Hajj began on July 28 and will continue until August 2, this year. Hajj happens in the most sacred month of the Islamic calendar, known as Dhu al-Hijjah.

“Holding the ritual in the shadow of this pandemic… required reducing the numbers of pilgrims, but it obliged various official agencies to put in double efforts. The Hajj this year was restricted to a very limited number of people from multiple nationalities, ensuring the ritual was completed despite the difficult circumstances,” 84-year-old King Salman said in a speech read out on state television by acting media minister Majid Al-Qasabi.

Only ten thousand pilgrims were allowed this year compared to millions in previous years. All of the permitted pilgrims were already residing in the same country. None of the pilgrims above the age of 50 and those with any medical problems were allowed.

Read Also: Trump is going to ban TikTok in the US

Before, thousands of pilgrims simultaneously circled the Kaaba( the holy building at the center of the mosque) and could touch it. This year far fewer pilgrims were allowed to follow social distancing guidelines simultaneously and were not allowed to touch Kaaba.

All the necessary things like sanitization and cleaning were done with extreme care. In fact, 3,500 people were employed for the purpose of sanitizations across the grand mosque, and 54,000 liters of disinfectant and 1,050 liters of air fresheners are being used daily. The floor is being cleaned ten times a day.

The government provided everyone with wrist bands to track their movements. People were seen holding colorful umbrellas that protected them against the scorching heat and made social distancing a bit easier. Images of people holding colorful umbrellas and circling the Kaaba were pleasing to the eye and immediately went viral on different social media platforms.

Do you want to publish on Apple News, Google News, and more? Join our writing community, improve your writing skills, and be read by hundreds of thousands around the world!

More from World – News Landed

+ How did the ancient Egyptians celebrate their holidays?
+ Hong Kong: 4 youngsters arrested for online posts under new security Law

Popular Stories – News Landed

+ NBA players kneel in support of BLM as season restarts
+ Trump is going to ban TikTok in the US

Comment Below

Featured Stories

More about the blue hole in the ocean, scientists reveal

We have enough ideas about the space and the planets revolving around, rather than the oceans, which...

Twitter account One Perfect Shot gets the HBO MAX series!

One Perfect Shot is a Twitter account that shares with the public the best and most iconic images...

Latest Stories

Belzoni, the acrobatic who stole Egypt’s antiquities!

As he recently published a book entitled The Most Famous Italian in the World speaking of “Belzoni,”...

Lipoic acid supplements may cause healthy people to lose weight

Lipoic acid is one of the dietary supplements given to overweight people has caused healthy people to...

Prehistoric ‘terror crocodile’ capable of eating dinosaurs with the banana-sized teeth

The crocodiles are related closely to birds and dinosaurs and are one of the most complex biological...

Related Stories

International cricket to resume in New Zealand during the summer

New Zealand will be hosting international cricket for four teams during their home season. The teams that...

Grappling unemployment rates amidst political rivalry and COVID-19

As The United States tops the number of Coronavirus cases, it has brought a turmoil in the country with respect to the health care, employment rates and the overall economic aspect as steering the country has been a hard drive for the past few months. Last week, as the economic reports showed an unemployment rate of 10.2% and after the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the U.S. economy added 1.8 million jobs last month