US News Coronavirus: The Great Mosque of Mecca reopens to the faithful

07:45  19 october  2020
07:45  19 october  2020 Source:   20minutes.fr

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Saudi Arabia partially reopened Mecca 's Grand Mosque , Islam's holiest site, on Saturday but left the ban on pilgrimages in place as part of the Saudi Arabia had introduced a series of measures since Thursday to protect the two holy mosques of Mecca and Medina from the coronavirus , also known

Explainers & FAQs Greater China Asia Europe US & Canada Health & Medicine Economic Impact Opinion. Muslims maintaining social distancing pray in the Grand Mosque on Sunday for the first time in months since the coronavirus restrictions were imposed.

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La Mecque, le 4 octobre 2020. © HOGP / AP / SIPA Mecca, October 4, 2020. PILGRIMAGE - A maximum of 40,000 people will now be allowed to pray at this most sacred site in Islam

With the relaxation of restrictions against the coronavirus, worshipers will be able to travel to Mecca more easily. Saudi Arabia reopened Islam 's holiest site to Muslims on Sunday, for the first time in seven months, and increased the number of pilgrims allowed to 15,000 per day. Wearing protective masks, Saudi citizens and foreign residents of the kingdom were allowed to pray inside the Grand Mosque.

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Gradual resumption of umrah

“Citizens and residents performed Salat Al-Fajr, [the dawn prayer], at the Grand Mosque on this day as [the authorities] begin to implement the second phase of the recovery progressive de la umra ”, or small pilgrimage, reported the official Saudi press agency SPA. Saudi Arabia had already allowed up to 6,000 citizens and foreign residents a day to make the pilgrimage in early October, after it was suspended in March due to the pandemic. It can be done all year round unlike the hajj, the great pilgrimage which is limited in time.

In addition, a maximum of 40,000 people will now be allowed to pray at the Grand Mosque. Faithful from abroad will be accepted from November 1, when the number of pilgrims for umrah will be increased to 20,000 people. And 60,000 worshipers in total will then be allowed on the scene, according to the Interior Ministry.

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The central courtyard of the Great Mosque of Mecca was completely closed on Thursday as workers disinfected it in an attempt to slow the spread of coronavirus . Photos and videos showed the area around the cuboid Kaaba - the holiest site in Islam - completely deserted except for cleaners in

For the first time in modern history, only Muslim residents in Saudi Arabia will be able to make the Hajj this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Thorough disinfection

As part of the measures taken concerning the holy places, the black stone encrusted in one of the corners of the Kaaba, which it is usual but not obligatory to touch during the pilgrimage, will be out of reach and the Great Mosque should be disinfected before and after each group of worshipers. Thermal sensors have also been installed to take the temperature of the pilgrims, authorities in Mecca said.

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