Hajj 2020: Makkah welcomes first batch of pilgrims
Although handful as compared to previous years, first batch of pilgrims have arrived Makkah for the annual Hajj 2020.
According to the details, due to the novel COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s event is limited to about 1,000 pilgrims, all from inside Saudi Arabia, about 700 of whom are expatriates.
After completing their arrival procedures, the pilgrims were taken to their accommodation in Makkah, supervised by the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah.
They will stay there for four days before beginning their pilgrimage on July 30.
Furthermore according to the General Affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque Sheikh Dr. Abdul Rahman bin Abdulaziz Al Sudais said that the Hajj Sermon will be broadcast in ten languages to spread the message of Islam to audiences all over the world.
This year the Hajj Sermon will be broadcast in Urdu, English, Persian, Bengali, Turkish, French, Chinese, Russian, Hausa, and Malay, told Dr. Abdul Rahman bin Abdulaziz Al Sudais.
The Hajj means ‘pilgrimage’ to the holy city of Makkah in Arabic and must be performed yearly by every Muslim who is physically and financially sound, during the first ten days of the holy month of Dhu al-Hijjah, the last month of the Islamic lunar calendar.
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