One Million Muslims Start The first Rituals Of The Hajj In 2022
MAKKAH: As the first rituals of the yearly Hajj got underway
a million pilgrims started on the spiritual journey of a lifetime.
At the Grand Mosque in Makkah, hundreds of thousands of worshipers
encircled the Kaaba, the holiest site in Islam.
As the temperature climbed to 42C,
many people held umbrellas to block the sun.
Before the main ritual at Mount Arafat,
where the Prophet Muhammad gave his last sermon,
the pilgrims will move to a large tent city at Mina,
about 5 kilometers from the Grand Mosque.
The Saudi government has launched a significant operation to
protect the welfare of pilgrims. In Makkah and Madinah,
the second-holiest cities in Islam,
the Saudi Health Ministry has prepared 23 hospitals and
147 health centers to house pilgrims.
In addition, Mina has 26 health centers and four hospitals available to treat pilgrims.
More than 25,000 healthcare professionals are available to handle
cases as they come up, and there are more than 1,000 intensive
care beds and more than 200 beds dedicated to treating patients with heatstroke.
“Things are currently going well.
The 65-year-old Egyptian mother of four Faten Abdel Moneim said,
“I have moved around a lot and seen rules are being respected.
42-year-old Egyptian Naima Mohsen agreed, saying,
“Coming here is the best thing that has ever happened to me.
I am eager to read the rest. It’s just the weather that bothers me.
It’s simply too warm.
• The Hajj follows the same path that Prophet Muhammad took almost 1,400 years ago.
It is also thought to follow in the footsteps of the prophets Ibrahim and Ismail.
• The Qur’an says that every Muslim who is healthy and has enough
money should make the pilgrimage at least once in their life.
This year, the Hajj is open to one million fully vaccinated Muslims,
including 850,000 from outside of Saudi Arabia.
This is a big change from the last two years when
the number of people was limited because of the coronavirus pandemic.
In 2019, about 2.5 million Muslims from all over the world went on Hajj.
However, because of the pandemic, the number of people who went had
to be cut down. In 2021, only 60,000 fully vaccinated people who lived in
the Kingdom took part. In 2020, this number was only a few thousand.
Sutrisno and Sri Wahyuningsih, two teachers from Indonesia,
had mixed feelings when the Hajj was brought back.
Sri’s parents had planned to go in 2020
but the pandemic ruined their plans.
Sri’s father will never go on the trip again because he had a stroke
in March and died, and her mother couldn’t go because she was
older than the age limit of 65 this year.
Still, Sutrisno, who is 54, and Sri, who is 51, are happy to do the
Hajj in place of Sri’s parents. Sri said, “It’s such a huge moral burden for me.”
“But my mother has blessed me, so I have to think that this is a journey
I have to take, that everything is up to Allah and that I have to go on the Hajj.”