Mecca will only accept pilgrims with Covid 'immunity' from Ramadan in big change

The Saudi Arabian authorities have declared that only Muslims who have been “vaccinated” against Covid-19 will be allowed to carry out the Umrah pilgrimage in Mecca from the beginning of Ramadan.

The Umrah is a shorter pilgrimage than the Hajj, is not compulsory and can be done at any time of the year.

But in a big change amid the pandemic, when Ramadan starts next week, not everyone will be allowed to visit the holy mosque.

The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah announced that only “vaccinated” people will be allowed to perform Umrah. the guard reports.

They described the three categories of people considered “immunized” as people who received two doses of the vaccine, people who had been given a single dose at least 14 days previously, and people who had recovered from the coronavirus.

The same rules apply to those who do not want to play umrah but just want to participate in prayers in the Great Mosque in the holy city of Mecca.

Similar rules also apply to the holy mosque in the city of Medina.

It is unclear how long these rules will apply.

Muslim pilgrims wearing protective face masks to prevent coronavirus infection are seen inside the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on February 27, 2020

Muslim pilgrims wearing protective face masks pray

Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam observed by billions of Muslims around the world.

Muslims who are able to quickly give up eating, drinking, smoking, and conjugal relationships from dawn to dusk.

They also try to avoid other sinful acts, including gossiping and cursing.

Eating or drinking in daylight is not permitted, although there are exceptions for those who are sick, traveling, elderly, pregnant, breastfeeding, chronically ill, or on their period.

A family is sitting around a laptop watching short videos about teachings from the Koran

The holy month lasts 29 or 30 days.

Families usually break the fast after sunset and get together with others to enjoy an iftar dinner in a mosque with common prayers.

But for the second year, Ramadan will be different due to the pandemic and lockdown rules.

The father of three Afrizal from the Abbas family will lead Taraweeh prayers with his family on May 22, 2020 in Melbourne.

Dewi Andrina reads the Koran with her daughters after prayers on May 22, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia.

In 2020, Muslims were looking for new ways to obey the rules and share food and time with one another.

Digital technology helped people enjoy online prayers and sermons, and donated to charity during the month-long celebration.

This year will be the same as 2020, with the mixing of households between households is still prohibited.

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