Dhaka – Less than 1,000 pilgrims will join the haj, one of the largest annual congregations of the Muslims, in Makkah, the birth place of Prophet Muhammad in Saudi Arabia.
The decision was taken by the Saudi government to allow limited number of pilgrims, only those who are now in the Kingdom, because of the threat of contagion of the novel coronavirus.
The haj pilgrimage is generally attended by more than 2 million people from different parts of the world every year. According to statistics, nearly 2.5 million pilgrims thronged the Kabba, one of the most respected mosque in Saudi Arabia.
Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud in a phone conversation with Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Abul Kalam Abdul Momen informed that the number of pilgrims this year will be less than 1,000 because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Covid-19, a disease caused by the novel coronavirus which was first surfaced in China in 2019, has killed hundreds of thousands of people and infected millions others across the globe.
According to a press statement issued by Bangladesh foreign ministry, only a limited number (less than 1000, both domestic and international) of Hajjis will be allowed to perform Hajj this year
The Saudi Prince conveyed that a small number of Hajjis from each Muslim country would be allowed to join the congregation.
Bangladeshi Foreign Minister termed the decision wise under the circumstances.
Momen also thanked the Saudi Prince for calling him. They last held a telephone meeting between on 14 June 2020.