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Only Muslim Pilgrims Below 65 Will Be Allowed In This Year’s Pilgrimage (See Reasons)

The Health Minister, Tawfiq al-Rabiah has made it official that about 1000 pilgrims across the world will be allowed to witness the upcoming Pilgrimage which is slated to hold next month, July.


In a bid to keep maintaining social distancing, Saudia Arabia will only allow about 100 pilgrims who are below 65 and with no chronic disease.

The Health Minister said:

“The number of pilgrims will be around 1,000, maybe less, maybe a little more,” Hajj Minister Mohammad Benten told reporters. “The number won’t be in tens or hundreds of thousands” this year.

I believe the reason being the Pandemic virus which has been tormenting the world.

Muslim pilgrims wearing a mask leave after the Friday prayer at Mecca’s Grand Mosque, on October 11, 2013 as hundreds of thousands of Muslims have poured into the holy city of Mecca for the annual hajj pilgrimage. The hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam and is mandatory once in a lifetime for all Muslims provided they are physically fit and financially capable. AFP PHOTO/FAYEZ NURELDINE (Photo credit should read FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP via Getty Images)

Hajj Minister told Reporters:

“The number won’t be in tens or hundreds of thousands” this year, he added.

From what we learnt, The annual event will be held at the end of July and the category of people that will be allowed are the ones below 65 years of age with no serious chronic disease.


The Minister further said that all the pilgrims will be duly tested for the pandemic virus before entering the holy city of Mecca

It was revealed that the event will only be opened to people of various countries who already in the kingdom.

According to the World Health Organisation, Saudia Arabia has total confirmed cases 161,000 while 105,000 have recovered but over 1000 deaths have been recorded.

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