Muslims commemorate hajj festival today

2020-08-01 at 06:15

Muslim citizens world over commemorate the hajj festival today.

Hajj marks a pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

Hajj is the fifth of the fundamental Muslim practices and institutions known as the Five Pillars of Islam.

In years before the coronavirus, some three million white-clad pilgrims from across the world flocked to Islam’s holiest sites to attend Hajj.

This year, it faces the challenge of keeping Hajj, a once-in-a-lifetime duty for every able-bodied Muslim who can afford it and a major source of income for the government, safe from COVID-19.

For the first time in modern history, it has dramatically reduced the number of pilgrims to ensure social distancing measures are adhered to.