Saudi Arabia plans to limit the hajj to one million pilgrims under the age of 65

Saudis To Limit Hajj To 1 Million Pilgrims Under Age 65

This year, Saudi Arabia will allow 1 million people to perform the hajj, an annual pilgrimage to Mecca that is one of Islam’s five pillars.

Only pilgrims under the age of 65 who have “got the major COVID-19 vaccinations certified by the Saudi Ministry of Health” will be able to make the multi-day pilgrimage to Mecca, which is home to the faith’s holiest mosques.

Thousands of Twitter users have objected to the age restriction, claiming that they or their families are over 65.

“Treasurer by profession, MBA by qualification,” Tahir Khan said on Twitter. The restriction should be changed.

He said that the return of foreigners to Mecca was “great news for everyone who wants to go to Mecca.”

However, it has destroyed the hearts and hopes of millions of people who will be disqualified owing to the 65-year age limit. “Either they or their parents are 65 or older,” he continued, pleading with the authorities to “consider lifting this ban.”

The hajj, which means pilgrimage in Arabic, is a once-in-a-lifetime requirement for Muslims who can afford it and are physically capable of making the trek. It takes place in the Islamic lunar calendar’s final month, Dhul-Hijjah. This year it starts on July 7 and ends on July 12.

60,000 people who live in the country were allowed to go to the Hajj last year, which is a small fraction of the 2.3 million people who went on average this century.

According to a tweet from the state Ministry of Hajj and Umrah on April 9, fully vaccinated pilgrims under the age of 65 will be allowed for the first time in three years.

The agency is in charge of both the yearly hajj and the separate umrah pilgrimages to Mecca, which can be done at any time of year.

Keep pilgrims safe and secure is “of paramount importance,” says the Saudi ministry. “While ensuring that the largest number of Muslims around the world can go to Hajj and visit the Prophet’s Mosque in a safe and spiritual environment.”

According to Saudi officials, pilgrims from outside Saudi Arabia must “present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result from a test completed within 72 hours” before traveling to Mecca. Follow all health recommendations and take any preventative steps while performing hajj rituals.