- Group from Indonesia landed in Madina and was set to journey south to Makkah in coming weeks to arrange for Hajj.
- One of many 5 pillars of Islam, the Hajj should be undertaken by all Muslims who’ve the means at the least as soon as of their lives.
- In April, the dominion introduced it might allow a million Muslims from inside and out of doors nation to take part on this 12 months’s Hajj.
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Saturday welcomed its first batch of Hajj pilgrims since earlier than the coronavirus pandemic, which prompted authorities to sharply limit the annual ritual.
The group from Indonesia landed within the metropolis of Madina and was set to journey south to the holy metropolis of Makkah within the coming weeks to arrange for the Hajj subsequent month, state media reported.
“As we speak we acquired the primary group of this 12 months’s pilgrims from Indonesia, and the flights will proceed from Malaysia and India,” Mohammed al-Bijawi of the nation’s Hajj Ministry instructed the state-run Al-Ekhbariya channel.
“As we speak we’re glad to obtain the friends of God from exterior the dominion, after a two-year interruption as a result of pandemic,” he added, describing Saudi Arabia as “totally ready” to accommodate them.
One of many 5 pillars of Islam, the Hajj should be undertaken by all Muslims who’ve the means at the least as soon as of their lives.
Normally one of many world’s largest spiritual gatherings, about 2.5 million folks participated in 2019.
However after the onset of the pandemic in 2020, Saudi authorities introduced they might solely let 1,000 pilgrims participate.
The next 12 months, they elevated the entire to 60,000 totally vaccinated Saudi residents and residents chosen via a lottery.
Barring abroad pilgrims brought on deep disappointment amongst Muslims worldwide, who sometimes save for years to participate.
In April, the dominion introduced it might allow a million Muslims from inside and out of doors the nation to take part on this 12 months’s Hajj, which is able to happen in July.
The Hajj consists of a collection of non secular rites which are accomplished over 5 days in Islam’s holiest metropolis, Makkah, and surrounding areas of western Saudi Arabia.
Internet hosting the Hajj is a matter of status for Saudi rulers, because the custodianship of Islam’s holiest websites is probably the most highly effective supply of their political legitimacy.
Earlier than the pandemic, Muslim pilgrimages had been main income earners for the dominion, bringing in about $12 billion yearly.
This 12 months’s pilgrimage shall be restricted to vaccinated Muslims underneath age 65, the Hajj ministry has mentioned.
These coming from exterior Saudi Arabia, who should apply for Hajj visas, are required to submit a unfavourable COVID-19 PCR end result from a check taken inside 72 hours of journey.