Go for Ramadan Umrah once ‘to make it easy for others’

Haj Ministry and Civil Defense officials are asking Saudis and expatriates in the Kingdom to perform Umrah only once during Ramadan to give others, especially the elderly and physically weak, a chance to do their pilgrimage with ease.

Haj Ministry and Civil Defense officials are asking Saudis and expatriates in the Kingdom to perform Umrah only once during Ramadan to give others, especially the elderly and physically weak, a chance to do their pilgrimage with ease.

A high-ranking official at the Haj Ministry has advised Saudis and expats to perform Umrah only once during Ramadan to give others a chance to do it with ease. Civil Defense has sent text messages to Saudis and expats urging them not to perform Umrah more than once.

Hussein Al-Sharif, undersecretary at the Haj Ministry, said efforts to reduce the number of pilgrims are only temporary until Grand Mosque expansion projects are complete.

“We are trying to put a cap on the number of pilgrims in their own interest and safety pending construction efforts, especially since there are many elderly pilgrims and children.”

Grand Mufti Abdulaziz Al-Asheikh, head of the grand scholars committee, had openly supported the decision to reduce the number of Umrah visitors and pilgrims during the peak Ramadan and Haj seasons.

A number of Shariah specialists have also supported the decision, saying it would benefit Grand Mosque and Prophet Mosque visitors.

Makkah has become a large workshop, with cranes dotting the landscape as expansion efforts go ahead.

Once complete, the area for circumambulation will accommodate 130,000 worshippers as opposed to the previous 30,000 limit.

 
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