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Jun 13, 2021

Haj 2021: Only for Saudi residents

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Acting Saudi Arabian Minister of Media, Dr. Majid Al-Qasabi speaking at the press conference held in Riyadh of Saudi Arabia. SPA Photo
Acting Saudi Arabian Minister of Media, Dr. Majid Al-Qasabi speaking at the press conference held in Riyadh of Saudi Arabia. SPA Photo

Saudi Arabian citizens and residents in the Kingdom allowed to perform Haj in 2021.

Hajj 2021 will begin in the evening of Saturday, July 17 and ends in the evening of Thursday, July 22.

The Haj pilgrimage for the year 2021 will only allowed to 60,000 vaccinated residents and citizens living in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

File image used for illustrative purposes: Pilgrims practice social distancing while praying around the Kaaba. Image Credit: Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah.

Ministry of Haj and Umrah of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has stated in Twitter that due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, only limited numbers of Muslims will be allowed to perform this year’s Haj pilgrimage.

“Muslims between the ages of 18-65 who are fully vaccinated, or those who received their first dose at least 14 days prior, and those who are vaccinated and have recovered from a COVID-19 infection are allowed to register,” the ministry twits.

Acting Saudi Arabian Minister of Media, Dr. Majid Al-Qasabi said that, due to COVID variants, it was important to evaluate the damage from the spread of the virus carefully and correctly.

“We don’t want this year’s Hajj to be an epicenter for the spread of the disease in the Kingdom or the Muslim world,” he stressed.

Last year also, only a limited amount of Hajj pilgrims from within the Kingdom were able to perform the pilgrimage

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