Hajj is the yearly pilgrimage that Muslims embark upon as one of the important tenets of their religion.
Millions of people travel to Saudi Arabia for this important religious exercise from different parts of the world, signalling the fulfilment of that part in the worship of Allah.
The exercise that has been in existence for ages will be coming up this year but with major adjustments due to the coronavirus pandemic that has killed several thousand people across the world.
These are the lists of the changes and adjustments for this 2020 Hajj.
- Only the residents of Saudi Arabia would be attending the 2020 Hajj. This is one of the strange adjustments made to the Islamic pilgrimage. Before the coronavirus pandemic started ravaging the world, people from different parts of the world converge on Saudi Arabia for the pilgrimage.
- There would be a drastic reduction in the number of attendees of the 2020 Hajj. Due to the restriction on the residents of people not residing in Saudi Arabia to attend the yearly event, the number of those who would be attending this year would be reduced drastically.
- People who are above the age of 65 would not be allowed to attend the 2020 Hajj. This is because persons who are above 65years have a higher chance of contracting and dying of complications related to the coronavirus.
- People with chronic diseases would not be allowed to attend the 2020 Hajj. Reputable health organisations have confirmed that people with underlying ailments and diseases stand more risk of contracting and dying of complications connected to the virus.
- People would need to go through adequate testing before being allowed to attend the program. Since it was confirmed that the virus can be transferred through droplets from victims of the virus, testing is one of the best ways to know those who are victims of the virus.