Coronavirus (Covid-19) has become the most significant threat for the people worldwide. Killing more than 5,000 people through this respiratory tract infection, the World Health Organization (WHO) says that the virus is spreading faster outside China than inside for the first time. More than 16 million people in about 135 countries have been infected with the new Coronavirus.
In light of these events, the Saudi Foreign Ministry, in coordination with the Saudi Ministry of Health, decided to put a temporary ban on Umrah pilgrims along with the reduction in the Friday sermon and time between prayer. But as since the situation gets worse, the country decided to ban international flights and lock-down country for a period of 15 days.
Where mosques are closed and Adhan is changed advising people to stay at home people have believed that entering Makkah and Madinah is also ban. However, this is not the case. What is actually happening needs to be addressed rightly. This article will shed light on this topic. Scroll below and read about it.
Heavy Armed Forces at Entrance doesn’t Ban Entry in Makkah & Madinah
There is heavy armed force deployed at entrances of Makkah and Madinah. People speculate what are they doing there, misunderstanding they might restrict entrance in the holy cities. To clarify the confusion the security forces made a statement saying,
No one is prevented from coming to Makkah, however, there is a ban on entry of pilgrims who wear ihraam.
The Rumor that Created Misunderstanding
According to the local newspaper, the forces told media that a sound clip got viral on WhatsApp that forces in Makkah’s entrance is banning people from entry. The forces said,
It is baseless that there is a ban on people coming to the city. This is a fact, anyone can go to Makkah and get out of there, there is no restriction but there is a ban on the entry of visitors who wear ihraam.
What did the Officials Advice the People?
The official sources requested the citizens and Saudi expats to not spread any rumor at this critical hour saying,
We appeal to citizens and Saudi expats to take the news from authentic sources, not to believe in baseless things.
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