Hajj is the fifth (5th) pillar of Islam. It is a mandatory religious duty that must be performed by all Muslims at least once in their lifetime if they are physically and financially stable. However, this year the Saudi authorities are planning to implement a digital Hajj 2021 relying more on technology and reducing human resources in managing crowds and organizing the pilgrimage.
What do they mean by digital Hajj? Which technology will be used for the implementation of such Hajj? What did the Ministry say about the safety measures for Hajj? Keep reading.
Use of Robots During Hajj 2021
Robots will provide pilgrims with fatwas, guidance, as well as the electronic Qur’an, and the movement of pilgrims will be linked to the computer. The timings for all Hajj 2021 rituals will be set accurately for every pilgrim from their arrival in Saudi Arabia until they return home. Read more: 2 Major Conditions to be Fulfilled by all Pilgrims to Perform Hajj 2021
Series of Ritual for Performing Hajj
During Hajj, pilgrims join processions of Muslims from around the globe, who simultaneously converge on Makkah for the week of the Hajj, and perform a series of rituals:
- Tawaf, Each pilgrim walks counter-clockwise seven (7) times around the Ka’bah.
- Sai’, which is the back-and-forth movement between the hills of Safa and Marwah seven (7) times.
- Then drink water from the Zamzam.
- Then goes to the plains of Mount Arafat to stand in vigil.
- Spends a night in the plain of Muzdalifah, and performs symbolic stoning of the devil by throwing stones at three (3) pillars.
- After the sacrifice of an animal (which can be accomplished by using a voucher), the pilgrims then are required to either| shave or trim their heads (male) or trim the ends of their hair (female).
After this, there is a celebration of a three-day Eid Al Adha. Read more: Pilgrims Should be Vaccinated as per Hajj 2021 Regulations
Resumption of Hajj
The Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah announced the resumption of the Hajj this year for both local residents and foreign pilgrims. The ministry also said that,
Security and regulatory measures would be in place to ensure the safety and health of pilgrims, with the specifics of these safety measures to be revealed at a later date.
The Saudi authorities have stressed that they’re keen to enable Muslims around the world to perform the Hajj rituals. However, the safety of pilgrims would take precedent. For ore, visit our website. Stay tuned to Saudi expat news.