Hajj & UmrahMakkah

Overseas pilgrims to attend Hajj this year: Report

Overseas pilgrims will be permitted to perform Hajj this year, the Al-Watan newspaper reported on Thursday.

According to the report, this Hajj season will also include pilgrims from abroad, but with strict precautions and preventative measures in place to protect the people from COVID-19.

Earlier this month the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah announced that it would be going ahead with this year’s pilgrimage.

The ministry also stated that organizational plans and specific measures would be announced at a later date.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the obligatory Muslim pilgrimage to the holy city of Makkah was curtailed last year.

Hajj is one of Islam’s five pillars. Muslims are expected to perform it at least once in their lives if they can afford it and are physically able.