Hajj 2020 photos: A look back at the pilgrimage amid coronavirus pandemic
Saudi Arabia welcomed a significantly smaller group of Hajj pilgrims last month under strict coronavirus preventative measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The Kingdom only allowed those living in the country and who meet certain criteria to participate in this year’s Hajj pilgrimage, which is one of the five pillars of Islam and required for able-bodied Muslims at least once in their lifetime.
Those who managed to secure a spot were randomly selected through an automated raffle system, with no human involvement, according to the Minister of Hajj and Umrah.
In February, authorities in Saudi Arabia suspended entry for individuals going on the Umrah pilgrimage due to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus. In June, Kingdom authorities decided to allow a “limited Hajj” of about 1,000 people to take place.
The group was required to self-isolate at home seven days prior to arriving in Mecca, as part of the requirements to participate in the pilgrimage.
The participants were then quarantined in the designated hotel until the start of the rituals.
The pilgrims were transported in assigned groups daily while every 50 individuals were accompanied by a health leader to ensure safety measures, including wearing a mask and social distancing, were implemented at all times.
Take a look back at what this year’s Hajj pilgrimage looked like in photos and videos amid strict COVID-19 preventative measures and the implementation of social distancing.
A picture taken on July 29, 2020 shows pilgrims while social distancing as a coronavirus preventative measure while circumambulating around the Kaaba, Islam’s holiest shrine, at the centre of the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca, at the start of the annual Muslim Hajj pilgrimage. (AFP)
Muslim pilgrims throw pebbles as part of the symbolic stoning of the devil ritual at the Jamarat Bridge during the Hajj pilgrimage in Mina, on August 1, 2020. (AFP)
A handout picture provided by Saudi Ministry of Media on July 31, 2020 shows pilgrims circumambulating around the Kaaba, the holiest shrine in the Grand mosque in the holy Saudi city of Mecca. (AFP)
Muslim pilgrims wearing face masks and keeping social distance perform Tawaf around Kaaba during the annual Haj pilgrimage. (Reuters)
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Last Update: Monday, 03 August 2020 KSA 08:19 – GMT 05:19