Will COVID-19 change the history of the Hajj pilgrimage?Jun 22, 2020 09:45 AM
Every year, millions of pilgrims pay a visit to Saudi Arabia for the Hajj. However, situations don't seem to be in favor this time due to the pandemic crisis. Saudi Arabia will probably be calling off the Hajj pilgrimage, this year. If it's called off then it would be for the first time in the history of the Hajj pilgrimage that such a thing happened. The majority of the Muslim nations are pressurizing Riyadh to take a decision and declare. The annual ritual is scheduled to start late in the month of July.
Last year, the Hajj pilgrimage attracted around 2.5 million pilgrims. Unfortunately, the authorities had informed the Muslims and asked to put off the preparations, late in March due to the novel coronavirus. A South Asian official is constantly in contact with the authorities at the Hajj. He states that either a nominal Hajj will take place or everything would have to be scrapped off entirely. He also brought to everybody's notice that a decision regarding the same will be made soon and announced officially. This is being done, keeping in view, the rise in cases of the deadly pandemic novel coronavirus.
Indonesia also took a decision regarding the same. It is amongst the nations that have a majority of the Muslim population. They have withdrawn from the Hajj pilgrimage after continually asking Riyadh to make a decision. Indonesia asked for some clarity and finally took the decision which was rather bitter and difficult one.