Saudi receives first foreign hajj pilgrims since before pandemic

05/06/2022 3:00:00 AM

Saudi receives first foreign hajj pilgrims since before pandemic

Hajj, Saudi Arabia

Saudi receives first foreign hajj pilgrims since before pandemic

Saudi Arabia on Saturday welcomed its first batch of hajj pilgrims since before the coronavirus pandemic, which prompted authorities to sharply restrict the annual ritual.

"Today we received the first group of this year's pilgrims from Indonesia, and the flights will continue from Malaysia and India," Mohammed al-Bijawi of the country's Hajj Ministry told the state-run Al-Ekhbariya channel."Today we are happy to receive the guests of God from outside the kingdom, after a two-year interruption due to the pandemic," he added, describing Saudi Arabia as "fully prepared" to accommodate them.

One of the five pillars of Islam, the hajj must be undertaken by all Muslims who have the means at least once in their lives.Usually one of the world's largest religious gatherings, about 2.5 million people participated in 2019.But after the onset of the pandemic in 2020, Saudi authorities announced they would only let 1,000 pilgrims take part.

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The group from Indonesia landed in the city of Medina and was set to travel south to the holy city of Mecca in the coming weeks to prepare for the hajj next month, state media reported.Youtube ABOUT US Manila Standard website (manilastandard.Analou de Vera Makati CBD skyline The Department of Health (DOH) is currently cold on the idea of lifting the country’s state of calamity status due to Covid-19 pandemic as several factors need to be considered first., which takes on the theme “Explore the World Again,” will be over 60 exhibitors and partners, including, Co-presentors Philippine Airlines and Turkish Airlines, Event partners DOT 7, Cebu City Tourism Commission, and Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Ayala Center Cebu Diamond sponsors Korean Tourism Organization (KTO) and Philippines AirAsia Gold sponsors Amadeus and Sabre Travel Network, and Travel agencies They will be offering exceptional deals on airfare and tour packages to various destinations.

"Today we received the first group of this year's pilgrims from Indonesia, and the flights will continue from Malaysia and India," Mohammed al-Bijawi of the country's Hajj Ministry told the state-run Al-Ekhbariya channel. "Today we are happy to receive the guests of God from outside the kingdom, after a two-year interruption due to the pandemic," he added, describing Saudi Arabia as "fully prepared" to accommodate them. Digital Edition In tone and content, the online edition mirrors the editorial thrust of the newspaper. One of the five pillars of Islam, the hajj must be undertaken by all Muslims who have the means at least once in their lives. One example of this operational implication is the emergency use authorization (EUA) of Covid-19 vaccines in the country, said Vergeire. Usually one of the world's largest religious gatherings, about 2. Stories are succinct, readable and written in a lively style that has become a hallmark of the newspaper.5 million people participated in 2019. An illness like COVID-19 will probably be around for a long time but the world is learning to live with it through vaccinations and health protocols, said CATOS President Alice Queblatin.

But after the onset of the pandemic in 2020, Saudi authorities announced they would only let 1,000 pilgrims take part. “And for us to have CPR, the manufacturers have to finish the Phase 4 of their clinical trials. The following year, they increased the total to 60,000 fully vaccinated Saudi citizens and residents chosen through a lottery. Barring overseas pilgrims caused deep disappointment among Muslims worldwide, who typically save for years to take part. In April, the kingdom announced it would permit one million Muslims from inside and outside the country to participate in this year's hajj, which will take place in July. “The challenge for our government— to have this increase uptick for boosters. The hajj consists of a series of religious rites that are completed over five days in Islam's holiest city, Mecca, and surrounding areas of western Saudi Arabia.

Hosting the hajj is a matter of prestige for Saudi rulers, as the custodianship of Islam's holiest sites is the most powerful source of their political legitimacy. Before the pandemic, Muslim pilgrimages were major revenue earners for the kingdom, bringing in about $12 billion annually.” “Looking at our situation right now, baby steps tayo. This year's pilgrimage will be limited to vaccinated Muslims under age 65, the hajj ministry has said. Those coming from outside Saudi Arabia, who must apply for hajj visas, are required to submit a negative COVID-19 PCR result from a test taken within 72 hours of travel. — Agence France-Presse . “So, kailangan po natin pagtrabahuhan lahat iyan (we need to work on all these first) before we can finally give that recommendation to our president or next administration if this state of calamity will be lifted or not,” she added.