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Mufti: Haj to Mecca in 2020 will have 10 thousand people

In the Hajj – the pilgrimage to Mecca this year will be attended by 10 thousand people, while usually on the order of 2.5 million, said Wednesday the first Deputy Chairman of the Council of Muftis of Russia, mufti of Moscow region Rushan Abbyasov.

"Haj started today. Tomorrow will be standing on mount Arafat. According to our data, in this year, the Hajj makes ten thousand people, of which three thousand subjects of the Kingdom, and about seven thousand foreign residents who were in the Kingdom: students, those who are on a business trip. Usually the Hajj makes about 2.5 million people," said Abbyasov at the press conference of the project "Religion and ideology" in MIA "Russia today".

He noted that all who did not commit the Hajj in the last five years, could apply for a special website in Saudi Arabia. Abbyasov cited the example of students from Russia, which this year take part in the Hajj: after confirmation of the application the doctors took their analysis of COVID, then I gave the bracelet and ordered to stay at home, so they didn't get it. In the plane students are flying, observing the social distance in Makkah, they settled at the hotel, one per room, and before the start of the Hajj re-took the analysis on COVID.

Moreover, said the mufti, at the last moment it became clear that on behalf of the king of Saudi Arabia and custodian of the two Holy mosques, the Hajj for these students this year was free.

"Masks, gloves, social distance is a prerequisite for the Hajj. Social distance is observed everywhere: in hotel, bus, airplane, and mosques. At the same time tawaaf makes about 100 people," said Abbyasov.

Traditionally during the month of Dhul-Hijjah (the"month of pilgrimage"), which in 2020 were launched on 21 July, the Muslims decided to make the Hajj, or pilgrimage to the Holy sites of Islam. Believers, first of all, visit the sacred mosque in Mecca, and also try to visit the prophet's Mosque in Medina. The government of Saudi Arabia 27 February, suspended the entry into the country for the purpose of pilgrimage to Mecca and visiting Medina, the epidemic of the coronavirus.

The Hajj is one of the five pillars on which Islam is based. Pilgrimage to the Holy places in Mecca required to make at least once in a lifetime every Muslim. Hajj can be made in the dedicated month of Dhul-Hijjah. Due to the fact that the Muslim calendar is lunar, the time of the Hajj changes from year to year. Lesser pilgrimage (die) a Muslim can make at any time of the year.