On Monday, the Saudi authorities announced that this year Hajj would commence on the 29th of July after it was trimmed to include only 1,000 pilgrims owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nearly 2.5 million people from all across the world normally take part in the holy ritual that occurs over many days and is centered in the holy city of Makkah.
This year Hajj would be held under strict hygiene protocols, and access would only be granted to the pilgrims under 65 years of age who do not have any chronic disease.
The official Saudi Press Agency quoted the apex court as saying that the stand of the pilgrims at Mount Arafat, which is the peak of the holy ritual falls on Thursday. It also mentioned that Wednesday would be the first day of the yearly event.
The Hajj timing is determined by the moon’s position, according to the Islamic lunar calendar.
Previously, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced that it would be conducting a “very limited” Hajj as there was the threat of the corona epidemic to spread, especially in large crowds.