Saudi Arabia Announces Its Decision on Hajj 2021

Increasingly facing concerns linked to COVID-19, Saudi Arabia granted Hajj this year.

On Sunday, the Kingdom announced the news that the pilgrims planning to go would be strictly safe without revealing restrictions and standards.

The Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said in a statement:

We want to enable our guests and visitors to perform the rituals of Hajj and Umrah in the Grand Mosque and Prophet's Mosque.

It has been reported earlier this week that the Kingdom plans to ban international pilgrims from Hajj this year.

There have been reports of the country wishing to repeat the policy of the past year to encourage only local residents of other Muslim countries to perform Hajj this year in Saudi Arabia.

However, Morocco News has announced earlier that the Saudi Government is expecting at least six months before the Hajj rituals to only accept Saudis and Gulf citizens who have been vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19.

There is also an official statement to that impact.

Every year around the world almost two million Muslims flock to the Hajj. Thanks to the pandemic though, last year Hajj was only possible for a small number of citizens. That will be the second consecutive year for international Hajj visitors to be deprived of the holy duty if that decision was enforced.

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