SAUDI ARABIA: The Saudi Arabia Hajj and Umrah Ministry has revealed on Wednesday that 70,000 people can perform Umrah in one day.
“With an emphasis on implementing precautionary measures, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, in coordination with the competent authorities, raises the daily capacity to 70,000 pilgrims,” the ministry said in a tweet.
People who wish to go for Umrah in Islam’s holiest city, Mecca, can book requests through Saudi Arabia’s COVID-19 tracking app Tawakkalna.
According to the ministry , after 15 days of the last umrah, pilgrims can sign up for Umrah and can receive permit.
Moreover, to visit the Roza-e-Rasool (SAWW) visit, the pilgrims are required to spent a month after their previous visit to get the permit for another one.
The ministry further revealed that the App that signs up pilgrims for their Umrah appointments,Eatmarna, will not roll out more than one permit at a time and the permits are needed to enter the mosque.
The Hajj and Umrah Ministry of the Kingdom confirmed the pilgrims from Nigeria landed at 9.00 pm on August 13, at Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz Airport. They became the first pilgrims of the year.
A member of the National Committee for Hajj and Umrah Hani Ali Al-Amiri stated “It will be the housing companies to receive Umrah pilgrims from the airport and hotels and supervise their entry to the Grand Mosque. They are ready”. Earlier in August, Saudi Arabia barred 30 countries including Pakistan, India and Indonesia from sending Umrah pilgrims because of “the uncontrolled spread of coronavirus disease”.
Al-Arabiya reported this citing sources in the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah.
Umrah Season 1443 officially began on August 10. Vaccination has been made mandatory for the intending pilgrims: two doses of AstraZeneca, Pfizer or Moderna, or one shot of Janssen. Sinopharm or Sinovac are accepted if travelers have received an additional dose of one of the four aforementioned vaccines.
The Saudi Arabian authorities have increased the capacity of Umrah pilgrims to two millions a month.
On July 26, Saudi Arabia had announced eligibility and requirements for the intending Umrah pilgrims coming from outside the Kingdom.
The authorities through a statement had announced the resumption of Umrah for international pilgrims from Muharram 1, 1443.
On July 31, Shaykh al-Hadith and Darul Uloom Karachi Vice President Mufti Muhammed Taqi Usmani had expressed concern over Saudi Arabia’s changing attitude.
In a statement, the Islamic scholar of international fame had said that the government of Saudi Arabia was going astray from the path of founder of the kingdom, Malik Abdul Aziz. He had also expressed reservation over restrictions on Hajj and Umrah.