No vaccine, no Hajj: Saudi Arabia makes Covid-19 shot obligatory for pilgrims

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No vaccine, no Hajj: Saudi Arabia makes Covid-19 shot obligatory for pilgrims

The Saudi Arabia authorities has determined to make it obligatory for Hajj pilgrims to take anti-coronavirus vaccine. In keeping with Saudi well being ministry officers, taking COVID-19 vaccine has been made obligatory for these arriving within the nation to carry out the Hajj this 12 months. Individuals who do not comply to the rule won’t be allowed to carry out Hajj.

“The Covid-19 vaccine is obligatory for these keen to return to the Hajj and will likely be one of many predominant circumstances (for receiving a allow to return),” said the Saudi newspaper Okaz report.

The choice is believed to be taken to make sure Hajj is carried out in a secure method from a public well being perspective.

Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca is the fifth and closing pillar of Islam. Saudi had in 2020 annulled the annual pilgrimage as a result of pandemic. Later it allowed a restricted variety of pilgrims to carry out the Hajj.

Lakhs of Muslims from a number of nations go to Mecca to carry out Hajj yearly. Mecca is taken into account the holiest metropolis for Muslims. As per the Islam, Hajj is a compulsory spiritual responsibility for Muslims that should be carried out not less than as soon as of their lifetime. The pilgrimage takes place yearly within the Islamic month of Dhul Hijjah. 

In the meantime, the India’s Ministry of Minority Affairs on its web site stated that the method for Haj 2021 will likely be introduced after receiving directions from Saudi Ministry of Haj & Umrah.

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