60,000 Pilgrams Selected to Perform Hajj 2021
The Saudi Press Agency reported on July 8, 2021, digital registration for male and female pilgrims planning to perform Hajj this year was completed. The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah announced as many as 60,000 multinational eligible candidates representing 150 countries from inside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia had been selected since the start of the process on the 3rd of Dhul-Qa’dah 1442 H.
Deputy Minister of Hajj and Umrah, Dr. Abdelfattah bin Suleiman Mashat, said in a press release that the number of registered pilgrims for this year reached 558,270 pilgrims in the first stage of registration which ended on Thursday 28 Dhu al-Qa’dah 1442 H.
Later eligible candidates were chosen according to several conditions, including age and those performing the ritual for the first time, in addition to adhering to precautionary and preventive measures.
The Ministry also called on all pilgrims who have been granted Hajj permits this year to take the second COVID-19 vaccine dose, as they will be receiving it without booking an appointment in advance.
The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah clarified that pilgrims would be received on the 7th and 8th of Dhul-Hijjah at four reception centers. After that, they will be transported by bus to the Holy Mosque in Makkah to perform Arrival Tawaf (circumambulation) before heading to the Holy Sites.
The Saudi Embassy says 'Undertaking the Hajj at least once is a duty for Muslims who are physically and financially able to make the journey to Makkah. The emphasis on financial ability is meant to ensure that a Muslim takes care of his family first. The requirement that a Muslim be healthy and physically capable of undertaking the pilgrimage is intended to exempt those who cannot endure the rigors of extended travel.'
'The pilgrimage is the religious high point of a Muslim's life and an event that every Muslim dreams of undertaking. Hajj is performed during a five-day period from the ninth through the thirteenth of Dhu Al-Hijjah, the twelfth month of the Muslim lunar calendar.
Hajj 2021 will begin on the evening of Saturday, July 17, 2021.
On July 1, 2021, the U.S. CDC issued a Level 3 Travel Alert stating: the CDC recommends that Americans already in Saudi Arabia not make the pilgrimage. Mass gatherings, such as Hajj, can increase the risk of getting and spreading COVID-19 because it can be hard to practice physical distancing.'