Nigeria, which hitherto received 95,000 Hajj quotas, will share just 45,000 slots with over 60 countries of the World as Saudi embargoes Hajj for people under the age of 18 and above 60 years
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has pegged the global attendance for 2021 Hajj at only 60,000 with just 45,000 quota, out of this, slated for prospective pilgrims from outside the kingdom.
The announcement was made by the Kingdom a few hours ago via a Twitter handle; @HaramainInfo sighted by Platforms Africa, noted that only 60,000 pilgrims will be allowed to perform 2021 (1442) Hajj from across the world.
The breakdown shows that only 45,000 pilgrims will perform the Hajj from outside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and 15,000 from within.
“People under the age of 18 and above 60 years won’t be eligible for Hajj,” according to Special Representative to the PM on Religious Harmony, Maulana Tahir Ashrafi.
“Only 60,000 pilgrims in total for all countries to perform Hajj rituals for this year 2021 / 1442
45,000 pilgrims from outside KSA will be allocated and 15,000 from inside KSA.
An entire 9 page document has been released with all the necessary information,” @HaramainInfo tweeted.
Only 1,000 pilgrims from KSA performed a symbolic Hajj last year, a far cry from the over two million Muslims who usually perform the religious ritual annually.
The significant reduction is occasioned by the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic.