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Annual 5-day Haj pilgrimage commences in Saudi Arabia today

Only about 1,000 Muslims began their journey from holy city of Mecca to assemble in Mina. 30% of them will be Saudi citizens while the remaining seventy per cent will be foreign nationals who live in Saudi Arabia.

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New Delhi: The annual five day Haj pilgrimage commenced today in Saudi Arabia on a drastically reduced scale due to coronavirus pandemic globally.

Only about 1,000 Muslims began their journey from holy city of Mecca to assemble in Mina. 30% of them will be Saudi citizens while the remaining seventy per cent will be foreign nationals who live in Saudi Arabia.

They will spend the night there and move towards plains of Arafat at dawn tomorrow for the day’s main ritual of Haj-reciting prayers.

Saudi authorities have put in place strict health norms to prevent spread of coronavirus during Haj pilgrimage.

Indians going for Haj

Around 2.5 million pilgrims including record two lakh pilgrims from India performed Haj last year.

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