Mecca to reopen for limited pilgrimages after 7-month pause for virus

Muslim worshippers arrive in Mina to throw pebbles as part of the symbolic al-A'qabah (stoning of the devil ritual) at the Jamarat Bridge during the Hajj pilgrimage, near Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca on August 11, 2019.

Photo credit: Fethi Belaid | AFP

What you need to know:

  • The umrah, the pilgrimage that can be undertaken at any time, usually attracts millions of Muslims from across the globe each year.
  • On October 18, the number of pilgrims will be increased to 15,000 per day, with a maximum of 40,000 people allowed to perform prayers at the mosque.



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