There is good news for millions of Muslims around the world. Amid the Coronavirus pandemic, the Saudi Arabian government has announced that it is going to approve Hajj pilgrimage to Muslims around the world this year. However, the Saudi Arabian government has placed some mandatory restrictions on this. Saudi made it compulsory for the Pilgrims, who are on Hajj pilgrimage, to prove that they have taken the Coronavirus vaccine.
The Health Ministry of Saudi Arabia said that the condition regarding the Coronavirus vaccine is the most important for the arrival in Mecca. Health Minister Tawfiq Al Rabiyah said that it would be mandatory for all Hajj pilgrims to take the Corona Vaccine. However, the Saudi government has not yet said whether it will allow pilgrims from outside this year or not.
Muslims around the world were shocked after the last year’s restriction
Every year, 2 million people from all over the world including India visit Hajj. It is believed that a Muslim should undertake the Hajj pilgrimage once in life. Saudi Arabia made a landmark decision last year in which only a few Hajj pilgrims were allowed, given the threat of Corona. Saudi Arabia has allowed 1000 people from all over the world who are already in the country to perform Hajj. This decision of the Saudi Arabian government had given a deep blow to the millions of Muslims around the world who were expecting to perform Hajj.
This year the Hajj pilgrimage is going to start from 17 July. Income from Hajj and Umrah plays an important role in Saudi Arabia’s economy. It is believed that the Saudi economy was severely hit last year by restricting Hajj pilgrimage.