Saudi Arabia welcomes one million pilgrims for the largest Hajj Pilgrimage since the pandemic.

Saudi Arabia welcomes one million pilgrims for the largest Hajj Pilgrimage since the pandemic.
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As Islam’s holiest city prepares to host the largest hajj pilgrimage Saudi Arabia welcomes one million pilgrims for the largest Hajj Pilgrimage since the pandemic. since the coronavirus outbreak, white-robed believers from all over the world have crowded the streets of Mecca.

Armed security officers patrolled the old city, the Prophet Muhammad’s birthplace, while banners welcoming the faithful, including the first foreign visitors since 2019, draped squares and alleys.

This year’s hajj, a central act of Islam that every able-bodied Muslim is obligated to conduct at least once, is permitted for one million individuals, including 850,000 foreigners Saudi Arabia welcomes one million pilgrims for the largest Hajj Pilgrimage since the pandemic.,  following two years of dramatically reduced attendance due to the pandemic.

According to the officials, at least 650,000 foreign pilgrims have already arrived in Saudi Arabia.

In 2019, around 2.5 million people participated in the rites, which involve reuniting at Mount Arafat, circumambulating the Kaaba, the massive black cube inside the Grand Mosque in Mecca, and “stoning the demon” in Mina.

To prevent the hajj from becoming a super-spreader on a worldwide scale, foreigners were banned the following year and the number of worshippers was limited to just 10,000, increasing to 60,000 fully immunized Saudi citizens and residents in 2021.

One million vaccinated pilgrims under the age of 65 will perform the hajj under strict sanitary conditions, including ten times daily cleaning and disinfection of the Grand Mosque, Islam’s holiest site.

Numerous calamities have occurred during the rites, including a stampede in 2015 that may have killed up to 2,300 people and an attack in 1979 by hundreds of shooters that left 153 dead, according to the official toll.

Unaccompanied women

One of Islam’s five pillars, the pilgrimage, is a significant source of prestige for the conservative desert country and its de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is making his way back from the diplomatic wilderness.

Days after the hajj, US President Joe Biden will be welcomed by Prince Mohammed. Biden has broken his promise to make Saudi Arabia a “pariah” over the 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Kasogi by Saudi agents and has instead benefited from soaring oil prices brought on by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The world’s largest oil exporter, which earns at least $12 billion years from other religious visits, and the hajj, which costs at least $5,000 per person, is a moneymaker.

One of Islam’s five pillars, the pilgrimage, is a significant source of prestige for the conservative desert country and its de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is making his way back from the diplomatic wilderness.

Days after the hajj, US President Joe Biden will be welcomed by Prince Mohammed. Biden has broken his promise to make Saudi Arabia a “pariah” over the 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Kasogi by Saudi agents and has instead benefited from soaring oil prices brought on by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The world’s largest oil exporter, which earns at least $12 billion years from other religious visits, and the hajj, which costs at least $5,000 per person, is a moneymaker.

‘Serenity’

In most enclosed areas in Saudi Arabia, masks are no longer required, however, they will be in the Grand Mosque. A negative PCR test result is required for foreign pilgrims.

According to the authorities, the Grand Mosque will be “washed 10 times a day… by more than 4,000 male and female workers,” using more than 130,000 liters (34,000 gallons) of disinfectant each time.

In Saudi Arabia, which has a population of around 34 million people, there have been more than 795,000 coronavirus infections since the epidemic began, 9,000 of which have been fatal.

In addition to Covid, another difficulty is the sweltering sun in one of the hottest and driest places on the planet, which is getting worse due to climate change.
even though summer just started summer has just begun, certain areas of Saudi Arabia have already experienced temperatures that have surpassed 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit)

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