COVID-19: Saudi Arabia ask Muslims to defer Hajj 2020 plans

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Minister of Hajj and Umrah Saudi Arabia has told the Muslims to wait before making a plan of Hajj 2020 because Kingdom also struggles against Coronavirus.

COVID-19- While giving an interview to state TV he mentions that “We have asked our Muslim brothers around the world to wait on making Hajj plans until there is clarity.”

 Every year approximately 2.5 million pilgrims mostly in groups visit Makkah and Madina for week-long rituals. That is a once in a lifetime obligation for each Muslim and a significant source of income for Saudi Arabia. However, this year’s pilgrimage has been placed in doubt as the novel Coronavirus keeps on unleashing devastation around the world.


Saudi Arabia already stopped the Umrah activities and forced restrictions to contain the pandemic.

There are 1,563 cases of COVID-19 reported in Saudi Arabia and out of which 10 people lost their life.

Saudi government asked Pakistan to not sign any agreement related to Hajj 2020 because of the ongoing situation of Coronavirus outbreak. Dr. Benton stated in his letter to Religious Affairs and interfaith harmony Sahibzada Noor ul Haq that “We are closely monitoring the Coronavirus condition and will inform you as soon as it gets better.”

Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony had carried out balloting for the government’s Hajj scheme 2020 under which almost 100,000 pilgrims were selected to would go to Saudi Arabia to perform the annual pilgrimage for this year.

Till now from Coronavirus 200 countries around are affected and because of this more than 799,800 people have been infected by this all over the world. And to date total, 38,854 people died because of novel Coronavirus.

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