The authorities of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Monday announced the country would hold a ‘very limited’ Hajj this year due to coronavirus pandemic, with pilgrims already in the country allowed to perform Hajj 2020.
The decision to hold a limited Hajj, fraught with political and economic peril, comes as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia struggles to contain the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) amid a new spike in daily cases and deaths.
“Hajj for this year (1441 H/2020 AD) will be held whereby a very limited number of pilgrims from various nationalities who already resident in Saudi Arabia, would be able to perform it,” a statement by the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said.
The statement further said that the decision has been taken to ensure that Hajj 2020 is performed in a safe manner from a public health perspective while observing all preventive measures and the necessary social distancing protocols.
The Federal Minister for Religious Affairs of Imran Khan’s cabinet Noorul Haq Qadri has called an emergency meeting today (Tuesday) to discuss how to pay back the Hajj pilgrims from Pakistan.