The Holy Ka’bbah or Makkah is a place every Muslim dreams of visiting at least once in their life. The hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam, Is deemed necessary for Muslims if they have the capacity to do so. The Umrah, which is based on four essential and obligatory acts, is also done in Makkah. The beauty of Makkah is uncanny.
For centuries, Makkah, a holy city in the middle of large grey bouldered mountains. This city has witnessed thousands of historical events over several millennia and underwent many development stages, sheltering millions throughout the years.
Makkah is a city that never sleeps. The Tawaf around the Ka’bbah never stops. From day to night, breathtaking views are seen whether you are watching live on TV or in person. These views become a thousandfold more beautiful in the Holy Month of Ramadan. Ramadan brings Muslims together with one of the most important pillars of Islam (Fast). It is sought by Muslims all over the world every year.
The Most Beautiful Pictures From This Ramadan
This year, too, we got to see some of the most breathtaking views from the Haram. The pictures showed the beauty of Makkah in its full glory while Muslims offered Salat. The pictures showed people performing the Isha while maintaining social distancing and following all the protocols in light of the novel coronavirus.
Beautiful Scenes during Witr Salaah on the 7th Night of Ramadan 1442 at Masjid Al Haram pic.twitter.com/3uvPEUn1D4
— 𝗛𝗮𝗿𝗮𝗺𝗮𝗶𝗻 (@HaramainInfo) April 19, 2021
Makkah And COVID-19
The COVID-19 has taken a massive toll on the number of activities that take place in Makkah. After the first COVID-19 case in KSA was detected on March 02, 2020, in the Qatif region among individuals who had traveled to an endemic region in Iran. The 2020 Hajj season was successfully ended on August 3, 2020, with no major public health incident. Although the holy sites in Makkah and Medina remain open, access to the holy sites was limited for no more than 1000 persons (already resident in Saudi Arabia).
A complete protocol of social distancing along with facemasks was followed throughout the pilgrimage. This year the Saudi government has made the COVID immunization vaccine mandatory for those planning to offer Hajj.
These include individuals who have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, those having received one dose of the vaccine at least 14 days before performing the pilgrimage, or a person who has recovered from the virus, the ministry said.
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