A Historic Gathering: Saudi Arabia Prepares for the Largest Hajj Pilgrimage in Three Years:
With the imminent arrival of the Hajj pilgrimage, a significant influx of pilgrims from across the globe has arrived in Saudi Arabia. Around 1 million Muslims have congregated in Makkah to partake in the Hajj as part of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Hajj Guests Programme, which is overseen by the Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Call, and Guidance.
Following the Covid-19 outbreak, which resulted in a substantial decline in the number of pilgrims in 2020 and 2021, this year’s pilgrimage marks the largest gathering in three years. Sheikh Dr. Abdullatif bin Abdulaziz Al Al-Sheikh, the Minister of Islamic Affairs, Call, and Guidance, expressed gratitude towards the Custodian of the Holy Mosques and the Crown Prince for their generosity and commitment in facilitating the performance of Islamic rituals and aiding those aspiring to undertake the Hajj.
The minister emphasized that the Saudi leadership’s initiative to enable thousands of Muslims from various continents to engage in the Hajj with exceptional services underscores the Kingdom’s dedication to serving Islam and Muslims. In collaboration with Saudi embassies and religious attachés worldwide, the Ministry has undertaken all necessary measures to implement the royal directive, including the selection of pilgrims, streamlining visa issuance, and providing comprehensive assistance from departure until their stay in the Kingdom.
The program aims to fulfill the aspirations of numerous Muslims from countries previously not included, granting them the opportunity to participate in the Hajj. Annually, the ministry devises a plan to choose individuals of diverse nationalities who have yet to perform the Hajj and supports them in fulfilling this significant religious obligation.