Last year, only one thousand pilgrims were allowed to perform Haj, who were already residing in Saudi Arabia. On normal days this number goes up to 20 lakh Hajis.
Every year lakhs of Muslims from all countries including India leave for this yatra.
The effect of Corona epidemic is also being seen on its Haj Yatra. Haj pilgrimage 2021 will start from the month of July. This time foreign pilgrims will not be allowed in this journey. Saudi Arabia announced on Saturday that the Haj pilgrimage has been limited to domestic pilgrims only. In this also only 60 thousand people will be allowed to come on Haj pilgrimage who have got the vaccine.
Quoting the Ministry of Haj, the Saudi Press Agency said that this year only a limited number of pilgrims will be allowed for the Haj pilgrimage. For this also some conditions have been laid. People aged 18 to 65 years who want to go on Haj pilgrimage will have to get the vaccine. Also, these passengers should not have any disease for a long time.
Up to 20 lakh Hajis used to attend
In a statement issued by the ministry, it has been said that Saudi Arabia has taken this decision after continuous consultation regarding the health and safety of Hajis. The number of pilgrims has been reduced due to Corona. On normal days this number goes up to 20 lakh Hajis. Last year, only 1,000 pilgrims who were already living in Saudi Arabia were allowed to perform Haj.
Last year, Haj and Umrah were approved after a safe model was developed. In which attention was given to modern technology. Technology was used to facilitate the pilgrims. Let us tell you that Hajj pilgrimage is considered very sacred in the Quran. For those who are physically, mentally and financially capable, it is obligatory for them to perform Hajj once in a lifetime.
What happens in Hajj pilgrimage?
During the journey, Muslims have to make seven rounds between two hills named Safa and Marwa. In the midst of these hills, the wife of Prophet Ibrahim had searched for water for her son. After this, in Mina, five km away from Mecca, all the Hajis offer Namaz together till evening. On the next day, after reaching the famous place Arfat, Namaz is offered in the field. After returning from there, all the Muslims perform the ritual of stoning the devil. This means that their inhabitants will never allow Satan to come in the way of Allah.
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