In the years before the Coronavirus, millions of pilgrims from all over the world would arrive at the holiest site in Islam to participate in the Haj, one of the world’s largest religious ceremonies. However, with a virus-induced ban in large ceremonies everywhere, only a few thousand people attended this year’s scale-down Hajj rituals.
Striking photographs show white-clad devotees several feet apart, orbiting the Kaaba, in the grand mosque in the holy Saudi city of Mecca. Unlike the huge crowds of previous years, there was a huge crowd around the shrine, this year’s Hajj photographs show the masked pilgrims moving at a measured pace, to protect themselves from the blazing sun of Saudi Arabia. Were holding
In 2019, more than 10,000 people are participating in this year’s pilgrimage, compared to the gathering of around 2.5 million people around the world in 2019, reports AFP.
Raja Salman, 84, said in a speech read on state television, “Performing rituals in the shadow of this pandemic … There is a need to reduce the number of pilgrims, but it has engaged various official agencies in double efforts.” Acting Media Minister Majid Al-Kasabi.
Unlike previous years when they headed to the Kaaba, this year, pilgrims were not allowed to touch the plain stone cube building covered in black cloth and inscribed in gold silk Arabic.
The Haj, which began on Wednesday, is one of the five pillars of Islam and is necessary for capable Muslims at least once in their lifetime.