In the years before the coronavirus, millions of pilgrims from around the world flew to the holiest site of Islam to attend a live, one of the largest religious gatherings in the world. However, with a ban caused by the virus on large gatherings in place, only a few thousand people attended the rituals of the reduced life pilgrimage.
Stunning photographs have shown several separate worshipers in white clad in the feet of the Kaaba, the holiest sanctuary in the grand mosque in the holy Saudi city of Mecca. Presenting a stark contrast to the massive crowds of previous years as they walked around the sanctuary, this year’s life photos showed pilgrims wearing the walking mask at a measured pace, holding umbrellas to protect. themselves from the blistering sun of Saudi Arabia.
Up to 10,000 people already living in the kingdom are taking part in this year’s pilgrimage, compared to the 2019 collection of about 2.5 million from around the world, the news agency reported AFP.
“Keep the ritual in the shadow of this pandemic … it was necessary to reduce the number of pilgrims, but it obliged several official agencies to make double efforts,” King Salman, 84, said in a speech which was read on state television by an agent of media minister Majid Al-Qasabi.
Unlike past years when they made their way to the Kaaba, this year, pilgrims were not allowed to touch the building of the simple stone cube covered with a black cloth and wrapped in Arabic writing in the golden silk.
Life, which began on Wednesday, is one of the five pillars of Islam and Muslims who have the ability to at least once in their lives.