Rituals of Hajj 2021 begin in Hijaz
Rituals of Hajj have begun after arrival of pilgrims in Makkah from Saturday morning.
Hujjaj performed Tawaaf Al Qudum on Saturday morning. Tawaf al-Qudum is the initial Tawaf carried out upon entering Masjid al-Haram.
Every year from 8th to 12th of the Islamic month of Dhuʻl-Hijjah, certain rituals are performed in Makkah. Performing of these rituals is called ‘Hajj‘ in Islamic terminology.
Hajj is one of the five basic pillars of Islam and is a once-in-a-lifetime obligation on every Muslim who has financial and physical strength to do so.
Due to the global epidemic of Coronavirus, only 60,000 people residing in Saudi Arabia would be able to perform the Hajj the following year.
The Saudi Arabian government has set up 10 hospitals and 82 medical centers for pilgrims in Makkah. Medical facilities will be provided to all the hospitals and medical centers in accordance with COVID-19 SOPs.
On June 14, the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Hajj and Umrah had announced that women could now apply for Hajj even without a mahram (male guardian).
According to the local media of Saudi Arabia, the Ministry of Hajj had announced three packages for pilgrims this year, one of which was for women.
The ministry had said that the women wishing to perform Hajj could now register individually for which they would not need a male partner and they would be able to apply for registration with other women.