Hajj 1441 will go ahead, but with fewer pilgrims and under strict health protocols. This was the much-anticipated announcement by Saudi Arabia on Monday night to allow only local pilgrims to perform hajj next month. This means that hujjaj of all nationalities currently within the borders of the Saudi Kingdom[…]
Hajj pilgrim numbers could be limited to less or more than 1,000 to protect public health in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, according to Saudi authorities. Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah told a press conference on Tuesday that compulsory isolation before and after the pilgrimage will also be enforced.[…]
With the sacred pilgrimage hanging in the balance, it’s clear now that South African hujjaj will not be performing hajj this year. This was the unprecedented decision taken at a meeting between South African Hajj and Umrah Council (Sahuc) and the Department of International Relations on Thursday, to discuss the[…]
Malaysia said on Thursday its citizens would be barred from making the haj pilgrimage this year due to concerns over the new coronavirus, following in the steps of neighbouring Indonesia, which is also a Muslim-majority nation. Every year Malaysia sends tens of thousands of pilgrims to Saudi Arabia, home to[…]
The United States is trying to resolve a three-year diplomatic feud among Gulf countries by pushing Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to lift a ban on Qatari airlines using their airspace, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. President Donald Trump has applied pressure on the[…]
Divorces in Saudi Arabia have risen by 30 per cent in the month of February after the quarantine during the coronavirus pandemic caused many wives to discover that their husbands had other wives and families, according to the Dubai-based news site Gulf News. It was reported back in February that[…]
A US State Department inquiry into whether the Trump Administration acted illegally in declaring an “emergency” to bypass a congressional freeze on arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has been facing stiff resistance from the White House. In the latest case of obstruction, Secretary of[…]
A 24-hour curfew will be imposed across the Kingdom during the five-day Eid Al-Fitr holiday (May 23 to 27) to check the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Saudi Interior Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday. Until then economic activities will remain open and people can move freely[…]
Saudi has installed “advanced self-sterilisation gates” at the entrances of the grand mosques in Makkah and Madinah in an effort to combat the spread of the coronavirus. According to Saudi24, the move is part of the government’s “Together Guarded” initiative which has seen precautionary measures put in place since the[…]
The South African Hajj and Umrah Council (Sahuc) is waiting for official confirmation from the Saudi Hajj Ministry on whether hajj will take place this year. Concerns are mounting that Saudi Arabia could cancel the pilgrimage due to the coronavirus pandemic. The global number of coronavirus cases currently stands on 3,852,660[…]
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