Saudi Arabia faces tough decision on Hajj

Saudi Arabia faces tough decision on Hajj

International Desk (Channel TT): Saudi Arabia faces tough decision on Hajj in Corona. Muslim countries are pressuring Saudi Arabia to decide whether to hold the largest annual Hajj gathering scheduled for religious observance in late July.

Amid political and economic risks, Saudi Arabia is running out of time to prepare for the world's largest rally. However, due to the rapid spread of the corona virus, authorities advised Muslims to suspend preparations for the Hajj in late March.

A Saudi official told AFP they would take a quick decision.

Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, said this month it would not send pilgrims this year. Malaysia, Senegal and Singapore have made similar decisions. Many other Muslim countries, including Egypt, Morocco, Turkey, Lebanon and Bulgaria, have said they are still awaiting Riyadh's decision. Muslim religious leaders in France have called for the cancellation of the Hajj this year because of the Corona risk.

The South Asian official said that if Saudi Arabia says at the last minute, they are ready for the Hajj. Then many countries will not be able to take part in it. However, if millions of people gather for Hajj this year, anyone is at risk of contracting the virus.

Umrah has been suspended since last March. The Hajj adds 12 billion to their economy every year, according to the Saudi government. Muslims spend their savings waiting to perform the Hajj once in a lifetime, and millions of devout Muslims around the world will be disappointed if the Hajj is canceled or restricted.