ADEOLA AJAYI, EKITI
Hajj is a pilgrimage Muslim just like Jerusalem for the believer in Christ. Hajj is expected to be onein a life time likewise Jerusalem.
Due to the rate and high speed of Covid-19 in the globe, while Saudi Arabia hit 161,000 cases of the novel coronavirus with at least 1,300 deaths. The government of Saudi Arabia says only those residing in the country will be allowed to perform hajj for this year.
In order to maintain social distancing the Ministry of health stated
“It has been decided that Hajj for this year (1441 H/ 2020 AD) will be held whereby a very limited number of pilgrims from various nationalities who already reside in Saudi Arabia would be able to perform it,” the statement read.
“This decision is taken to ensure Hajj is performed in a safe manner from a public health perspective while observing all preventive measures and the necessary social distancing protocols to protect human beings from the risks associated with this pandemic and in accordance with the teachings of Islam in preserving the lives of human beings.”
Several countries, including Malaysia, Indonesia, Senegal and Singapore have announced that their citizens will not attend hajj this year.
The cable confirmed to CMM