One million Muslims start the first Hajj 2022 rituals
Saudi arabia–The opening rites of the yearly Hajj began, ushering in a million pilgrims 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 soared to 42C, several people clutched umbrellas to block the sun.
Before the main ritual at Mount Arafat, where the Prophet Muhammad gave his last speech, the pilgrims will go to a large tent city at Mina, some 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 clinics and four hospitals available to assist pilgrims. More than 25,000 healthcare professionals are available to handle situations 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 now going smoothly. The 65-year-old Egyptian mother of four Faten Abdel Moneim stated, “I have moved around a lot and seen rules are being obeyed.
42-year-old Egyptian Naima Mohsen agreed, saying, “Coming here is the nicest thing that has ever happened to me. I am eager to read the rest. It’s only the weather that bothers me. It’s simply too warm.
This year’s Hajj will let one million fully immunized Muslims, including 850,000 pilgrims from abroad, after two years of limitations due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Throughout 2.5 million Muslims from around the world participated in the Hajj in 2019, however afterward, the pandemic prompted a reduction. Only 60,000 fully immunized Kingdom citizens participated in 2021, an increase from a mere few hundred in the previous year.
Sutrisno and Sri Wahyuningsih, two Indonesian professors who were pilgrims, experienced happy and sad feelings in response to the Hajj’s reinstatement. In 2020, Sri’s parents were scheduled to participate, but the pandemic derailed their plans.
After passing away following a stroke in March, Sri’s father will no longer be able to travel, and her mother was unable to participate because she was over the age limit of 65 this year.
Sutrisno, 54, and Sri, 51, are happy to perform the Hajj in place of Sri’s parents, nevertheless. It has such a heavy moral burden for me, Sri stated. “However, my mother has blessed me, and I must consider that this is a voyage I must undertake, that everything is Allah’s will, and that I must perform the Hajj.”