While in Hajj there are usually large crowds crowded around the holy shrine of Islam, this year’s pilgrimage held services this year, encircling the Kaaba along concentric circles marked on earth. Several legs separated the pilgrims dressed in masks, walking at a measured pace.
Tawaf Al-Qudum, a group crossing ceremony in the holy city of Mecca, was unlike anything Muslims watched the processions on their television screens they had ever seen. Hajj, which is considered one of the five pillars of Islam, is visited by an average of more than two million pilgrims.
International pilgrims were excluded from this year’s Hajj. The participants are a foreign national of Saudi Arabia and a Saudi national between the ages of 20 and 50.
“We try to apply the concept of safety bubbles, where every pilgrim will have an environment around him that is as risky and safe as possible from any kind of danger, so Hajjis only needs his personal protection. at the Saudi Ministry of Health Dr. Abdullah Assiri on Wednesday in an interview with CNN.
In the Grand Mosque, the gaps were separated by prayer mats of worshipers, while the ritual is usually performed side by side with other believers. According to the Saudi authorities, all of these pilgrims have already undergone a rigorous process of quarantine and medical examination.
“There are some Hajja rituals that cannot be truly separated [the pilgrims] because they have to be in one place at once, and therefore we had to prepare these places in a way that preserves social distance and also make personal protective equipment available for these places, “said Dr. Assiri.