Foreigners banned from hajj pilgrimage – Uvaise
By Naalir Jamaldeen
Muslims world over have lost the opportunity to perform hajj this year following the spike in the number of COVID-19 cases, President of the Hajj Committee, which functions under the Department of Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs, Alkham Uvaise said yesterday (14).
He said the Hajj season is to commence in mid-July. Over 2 million pilgrims from 162 countries usually perform hajj, he said. Uvaise said the Central Hajj Committee in Saudi Arabia has unanimously taken this decision following the surge in COVID19 cases worldwide. He went on to say that they had communicated this to Hajj Tour Operators Association President, M.R.M. Farook.