In the years before the coronavirus, millions of worshipers from around the globe will flock to Islam’s holiest site to attend the Hajj, one of the world’s largest religious gatherings. However, with the virus banning large gatherings on the spot, only a few thousand people attended the rituals of this year̵
Impressive photos showed several worshipers dressed in white, dressed in the Kaaba, the holiest shrine in the great mosque in the holy Saudi city of Mecca. In stark contrast to the huge crowds of previous years crowded around the shrine, this year’s Hajj photos show masked worshipers walking at a measured pace, holding umbrellas to protect themselves from the setting sun in Saudi Arabia.
Only up to 10,000 people already residing in the kingdom are participating in this year’s pilgrimage, compared to the gathering in 2019 of about 2.5 million from around the world, the AFP news agency reported.
“Carrying out the ritual in the shadow of this pandemic … required a reduction in the number of pilgrims, but it required various official agencies to make a double effort,” King Salman, 84, said in a speech read on state television by incumbent Media Minister Majid. Al Kasabi.
Unlike in previous years, when they headed to the Kaaba, this year pilgrims were not allowed to touch the ordinary stone building with cubes, covered with black cloth and wrapped in Arabic silk.
The Hajj, which began on Wednesday, is one of the five pillars of Islam and a prerequisite for able-bodied Muslims at least once in their lives.