Due to Covid-19 the Hajj was rumored to not take place. But now as most of the countries have a decrease rate of new Covid-19 patients the Hajj will now take place. The government decided to allow less people this time because Hajj one the most crowded Events which takes place every year. Looking at the increase in Covid-19 patients in Pakistan the Saudi Ministry decided to allow only 20 percent Pakistani’s to perform Hajj.
Relying on the Predictions
Saudi Arabia might allow only 20 percent of the regular number of Pakistani pilgrims for this year’s Hajj. In normal circumstances, there are millions of people from all around the world appeared to perform Hajj by arriving in the Holy city of Makkah. Yet, the Covid-19 pandemic has bought some serious concerns that should Hajj, the religious duty, be allowed this year? Or whether Saudi Arabia would defer the Hajj this year!
Not Finalized Yet !
The huge decision is yet to be finalized. However, according to the Noor-ul-Haq Qadri (Federal Minister for Religious Affairs in Pakistan) some latest information reveal that the religious authorities of Saudi Arabia are planning to consider only 20 percent of the pilgrims from Pakistan to follow this year’s Hajj.
Statement by The Religious Affairs Minister of Pakistan
The Federal Ministry Noor-ul-Haq Qadri for Religious Affairs and the Interfaith Peace, stated that the government has been in discussion with the authorities of Saudi on this matter, concerning the quota to be allotted for Hajj 2020. He further shared that the authorities of Saudi Arabia are planning to have this year’s Hajj with only a restricted number of pilgrims concerning the pandemic. Moreover, he shared that the Government of Saudi Arabia is planning to allow only 20 percent of the regular number of Pakistani pilgrims for this year’s Hajj.
The Final Decision Expected to be Made till Next Week
Yet, it is just a suggestion at the moment. And the final decision is pending to be announced which is due till the next week. For now, we are predicting a reduced quota for the Hajj in the near future, for this year.
On the other hand, a recommendation of “only allow the Saudi nationals to perform Hajj this year” has also been made. The final decision of Hajj by the concerned authorities would take place by the 15th of June, 2020.