After two straight years of shutting the doors of Mecca and Madinah to Muslim pilgrims due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has announced that it will open the doors of the the two Holy Mosques for pilgrims from around the world to attend the 2022 Hajj and Umrah.
The Saudi Arabia Government had earlier on Saturday announced that the mandatory physical distancing in Mecca and Madinah has been scrapped. In a short speech by Imam Sheikh Abdullah Juhany, he asked Muslims in the Holy Mosques to stand shoulder to shoulder for the morning solat (prayer) on Sunday, citing that the physical distancing has been scrapped by the Saudi’s Ministry of Interior.
The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah on Sunday, announced that the the annual Hajj for this year 1443/ 2022 will take place with pilgrims from around the world and from within the Kingdom stating that the only only condition would be that the pilgrim must be vaccinated.
According to the Press release, it reads: “The annual Hajj for this year 1443/ 2022 will take place with pilgrims from around the world and from within the Kingdom.”
“Pilgrims from around the world will participate in this year’s Hajj after a period of 2 years”
“The basic Requirement for pilgrims would be to be ‘Immune’ (Vaccinated against COVID-19)”
It was also announced that the Ministry of hajj and Umrah will set the revised quota for each country.