hajj 2013 2020

Over two million people from across the world visit Mecca every year to go on a pilgrimage, the Hajj, during the last month of the Islamic year.
This year, only about 10,000 people are expected to attend, per rules set forth by the Saudi Arabian government.
Pilgrims are expected to remain in quarantine before starting the pilgrimage and to observe social distancing during it.
Take a look inside what many Muslims consider one of the holiest practices, now being undertaken with coronavirus-era regulations that involve putting holy water in a plastic bottle.
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Ruqayyah Moynihan contributed to this report.

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Approximately two million visitors make a religious pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, each year.

Source: Middle East Eye

Mecca is one of the holiest cities in the Islamic religion. All Muslims who are physically and financially able to do so are strongly encouraged to make the pilgrimage, the Hajj, at least once in their lifetime.

Source: BBC, CDC

Pilgrims usually undertake the Hajj during the last month of the Islamic year, Dhu al-Hijjah, and around the same time as Eid al-Adha. It usually takes place over several days and as the Islamic calendar is lunar and shorter than the Gregorian calendar, the dates change from year to year.

Source: Middle East Eye

During the Hajj, travelers take part in prayers with other Muslims from across the world. They engage in rituals like stoning a wall and walking to different spots of religious significance in “solidarity with Abraham who is seen as the father of monotheism,” Dr. Ibrahim Moosa of Notre Dame University told Newsweek in 2018.

Source: National Geographic, Newsweek

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