Abu Dhabi: Mecca is getting ready to obtain Haj pilgrims who’ve met well being situations permitted by the related authorities and entered right into a week-long isolation, Saudi media reported.
This 12 months’s Haj will start on July 29 and it has been scaled again dramatically to incorporate solely round 1,000 Muslim pilgrims as Saudi Arabia battles the pandemic, authorities mentioned on Monday.
Residents will account for 70 per cent of the entire variety of pilgrims whereas Saudis largely from the medical and navy sectors will make up the remainder.
Pilgrims will spend a number of days in a lodge from Saturday July 25 till Wednesday July 29 and after the top of the isolation interval, they’ll go to Mecca.
Whereas they’re within the lodge, they are going to be supplied with all essential well being care and can then head to mount Arafat accompanied by medical groups on the ninth day of Dhu Al Hijjah (Thursday, July 30), for an important a part of the Haj.
The pilgrims will spend the entire day on the holy Jabal Al Rahma mountain, (generally known as the mountain of forgiveness), at Arafat exterior Mecca to supplicate to Allah to forgive their sins and to wish for private energy sooner or later, whereas sustaining social distancing as per COVID-19 well being protocols.
Through the Haj, male pilgrims put on easy, white terry fabric clothes, whereas girls forgo make-up and fragrance and put on loose-fitting clothes and a head overlaying. This state of “ihram,” or non secular purity, is meant for pilgrims to give attention to the internal self over their outward look.
The white clothes worn by males are forbidden to comprise any stitching – a restriction meant to emphasise the equality of all Muslims and stop wealthier pilgrims from differentiating themselves with extra elaborate clothes.
After spending the day in prayer on Mount Arafat, pilgrims will head towards an space known as Muzdalifa, about 9 kilometers west of Mount Arafat, in keeping with particular routes and transportation laws which might be topic to well being protocols.
In Muzdalifa, pilgrims will relaxation and decide up pebbles that will probably be used for a symbolic stoning of the satan and casting away of evil.
At these websites, three areas measuring 40 toes every will probably be geared up with all of the well being and security measures in place to serve meals and meals to pilgrims.
In Mina, an space about 20 kilometers east of Mecca, the Saudi Haj Ministry allotted a totally furnished and geared up tower to accommodate pilgrims throughout the ultimate days of Haj, which coincide with Eid Al Adha, or the pageant of sacrifice, celebrated by Muslims.
To discourage violators from coming into the holy websites, Haj safety forces will impose a complete safety cordon there with a tremendous of 10,000 riyals imposed on any offender, and it is going to be doubled if the violation is repeated.
Saudi Minister of Haj and Umrah, Dr Mohammed Saleh Benten, has inspected the services and preparations made for the pilgrims within the holy websites in Mecca.
Talking to the Saudi Press Company after the tour, the minister mentioned that the Saudi authorities has labored out unprecedented plans for the operating of this 12 months’s Haj, enabling pilgrims to carry out their rituals in ease and luxury and security.
“The excellent, foolproof plans will probably be carried out by the safety, well being and repair companies. The plans embody the supply of the most effective well being providers, and probably the most acceptable crowd management, strictly according to the COVID-19 well being protocols, to make sure full security of pilgrims,” Dr Benten mentioned.
In the meantime, Maj. Gen. Mohammed Bin Wasl Al Ahmadi, assistant commander of the Haj safety forces for the Grand Mosque and its premises, mentioned on Tuesday that the safety plan for this 12 months’s pilgrimage prioritises on organisational, safety, humanitarian and well being facets.
He mentioned the Haj safety forces have put in entry and exit mechanisms from the Grand Mosque throughout Haj, with passages for pilgrims extending from the southern and western premises of venue in addition to particular passages across the circumambulation and Saey areas.