The Knigdom of Saudi Arabia has invited 43,000 Nigerians to join pilgrims from all around the world to perform the 2022 Hajj.
Saudi Arabia annonced the allocation of each countries around the world following the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions that saw the Holy Mosques of Mecca and Madinah closed to the public. The Kingdom in announcement by the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said Hajj is open to those under 65 years of age who have received approved COVID-19 vaccinations by the Saudi Ministry of Health.
Saudi Arabia had earlier announced that Hajj will be performed by pilgrims from inside and outside the kingdom and will be available for upto 1 million persons.
Saudi Arabia has limited the Hajj to domestic pilgrims for the past two years due to the pandemic. A total of 60,000 pilgrims performed Hajj last year compared to around 2.5 million in 2019.
Announcing the quotas available for each countries, the Saudi Arabia’a Ministry of Hajj and Umrah allocated 100,051 slots to Indonesia, making the country the highest recipient in the world.
Pakistan got 81,132 slots, India got 79,237 slots and Bangladesh, the fourth, got 57,585 slots. Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country got 43,008 slots making the country the world fifth highest recipient.
Afghanistan 13,582 slots, Turkey 37,770 slots, UK 12,348 slots, USA 9,504 slots and France 9,268 slots. Saudi Arabia allocates Hajj quotas to each country based on their respective Muslim population.
The likely date for the 2022 Hajj is either July 07 or 08, 2022, corresponding to 10th of Dhul Hijjah 1443 AH. The final date will be decided once the new moon of the month of Dhul Hijjah is sighted.
According to the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, the details of Hajj 2022 quota released today is provisional.