Due to the rapidly spreading global pandemic, COVID-19, the government of Saudi Arabia has advised from the entire Muslim communities across the world to postpone plans for Hajj pilgrimage.
The Minister of Hajj and Umra, Mohammed Solih Binteen headed the advisory requesting the entire Muslim brethren to exercise precaution and postpone plans for the Islamic sacred practice.
Meanwhile, Riyadh had already postponed on Umra trips to the country; which usually commence around Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
Muslims around the world are expected to observe the Hijri-calender month of Ramadan around 24 April 2020.
The Hajj pilgrimage, which is part of the five-pillars of an Islamic identity, attracts thousands upon thousands of pilgrims from all over the world every year to observe and practice the sacred prayers at Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
However, for the first time in history, Kaaba, consired as the "House of God" by Muslims, have observed visible emptiness of worshippers on the central ground in light of the viral pandemic spreading across the world including Saudi Arabia as well.
Earlier, it was estimated the Hajj pilgrimage in 2020 (1441 in Hijri year) will attract close to over 2.5 million pilgrims from around the world.