India Beginning of the great pilgrimage to Mecca, with many health restrictions

14:45  29 july  2020
14:45  29 july  2020 Source:   lepoint.fr

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Hajj is pilgrimage to Mecca . All Muslims who are physically able must make this journey once in a Most pilgrims who come for the Hajj arrive a few days before it actually starts and perform Umra This completes the Umra portion of the Hajj rituals and some of the Ihram restrictions are relaxed.

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The Muslim faithful selected for the hajj began on Wednesday the great pilgrimage to Mecca, the smallest in modern history, with many health precautions due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In small groups, each led by a guide, the faithful made seven convolutions around the "Kabaa", in the heart of the Great Mosque of Mecca, according to live images from Saudi televisions.

Sheltering from the sun under umbrellas, wearing masks and standing at a distance from each other, these pilgrims have circled the cubic construction that Muslim worshipers around the world turn to for their prayers, under the eye vigilant of police and other officials.

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MECCA (SAUDI ARABIA) - Muslim pilgrims on Wednesday begin the annual hajj, dramatically downsized this year as the Saudi hosts strive to prevent a coronavirus outbreak during the five-day pilgrimage . The hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam and a must for able-bodied Muslims at least once

The annual Hajj pilgrimage usually performed by Muslims around the world begins on Wednesday, dramatically Saudi Arabia has banned international visitors from making the journey to Mecca , to try to curb the pandemic. Tough restrictions to tackle the spread of infections came into force in March, including 24-hour Making the pilgrimage at least once is one of the Five Pillars of Islam - the five

They then made the path seven times between Safa and Marwa, in the footsteps of Hajar, wife of the prophet Abraham. According to tradition, she had walked the path to fetch water from her son, the prophet Ismail, until the spring of Zamzam sprang up at her feet.

The head of the special force of the Grand Mosque, Yahia al-Akil, told public television El-Ekbariya that these rites were carried out "in record time and smoothly".

The pilgrims must then go to Mina, five kilometers east of the Great Mosque, to spend the night there, before a day of prayer and invocations on Mount Arafat, the highlight of the hajj.

The contrast was striking between these small groups, lost in the middle of the immense mosque, and the usual crowd of pilgrims who fill the Great Mosque with an endless stream every year at the same time.

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"It's an indescribable feeling," said Egyptian pilgrim Mohammed Ibrahim, 43. "It's like a dream".

Riyadh said that only a thousand pilgrims residing in the kingdom would be authorized this year, with local media reporting some 10,000, a tiny fraction of the 2.5 million faithful who performed the rites in 2019.

The hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam that every believer is supposed to accomplish at least once in his life, if he can afford it.

"Protecting the pilgrims"

"We have no security concerns this year and it is about protecting the pilgrims from the dangers of the pandemic," Khaled bin Qarar al-Harbi, director of the pandemic, told reporters. Public Security.

The pilgrims were subjected to health checks and quarantined upon arrival in Mecca this weekend. Their luggage has been disinfected, according to official media images.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, pilgrims will not be allowed to touch the Kaaba this year, to limit the risk of infection according to the authorities who say they have deployed mobile clinics and ambulances to face any eventuality.

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The annual pilgrimage to Mecca is among the biggest single gatherings of humanity. A record number of more than 3m Muslim pilgrims made the journey Bahrain has confirmed 33 patients infected with the virus, saying anyone who returned from Iran in February could be a source of the virus and asking

About 70% of pilgrims are foreign residents in the kingdom, which has recorded around 270,000 cases of infection with the novel coronavirus, one of the highest rates in the Middle East.

Transparent process

The selection of the faithful for the great pilgrimage this year has been criticized, but the Minister of Hajj Mohammed Benten insisted on its transparency, stressing that the determining criterion had been "the protection of the health" of the participants.

"I did not expect to be blessed among millions of Muslims," ​​said the Emirati pilgrim Abdallah Al-Kathiri, who was selected.

According to the Hajj Ministry, foreign residents from around 160 countries have applied online.

In normal times, the hajj and the omra bring in about 10.3 billion euros per year to Saudi Arabia .

The "omra", which was suspended in March, is the "little pilgrimage" which normally attracts tens of thousands of worshipers every month, unlike the hajj which can only be accomplished on specific dates of the Islamic lunar calendar.

The restrictions linked to the pilgrimage this year will worsen the kingdom's economic slump, analysts say. Saudi Arabia is already facing a sharp drop in oil prices due to a collapse in global demand and the fallout from the pandemic.

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