The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah announced that the number of pilgrims to perform Hajj 1443H (2022) in Saudi Arabia has been extended to one million (local and international travelers) with mandatory face masks and proper social distancing being in place.

Iran (IMNA) - During the years before the Covid-19 pandemic, some three million white-clad pilgrims from around the world headed to Islam’s holiest sites to attend Hajj, a once-in-a-lifetime duty for every able-bodied Muslim, under Saudi Arabia’s scorching sun.

With the pandemic making huge gatherings impossible, only one million are allowed to take part in the annual hajj pilgrimage 2022.

Pilgrims who are able to perform the rituals of the Hajj pilgrimage are required to be socially distanced and masked, and are barred from kissing the Kaaba, the cube-shaped holy shrine located near the center of the Great Mosque in Mecca that Muslims circle as they complete the hajj.

Restrictions on public gatherings had kept many Muslims from making the journey of Hajj for which they save up for years.

This tear, the number of pilgrims from each country has been capped based on fixed shares and international health regulations during the pandemic.

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