Saudi Arabia anticipating 1 million in largest hajj since virus

MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A million Muslim pilgrims had been converging on Saudi Arabia’s holy metropolis of Mecca on Wednesday for the biggest hajj because the coronavirus pandemic severely curtailed entry to certainly one of Islam’s 5 pillars.

Saudi Arabia’s determination to permit some 850,000 Muslims from overseas to make the annual pilgrimage, which begins on Thursday, marks a significant step towards normalcy after two years of a drastically scaled-down hajj restricted to Saudi residents.

The 1 million overseas and home pilgrims taking part continues to be far lower than the two.5 million Muslims who traveled in 2019 for

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