The umrah usually attracts millions of Muslims from across the globe each year but it was suspended in March due to the coronavirus pandemic
Scaled-down Hajj begins with social distancing measures; pilgrims tested for COVID-19, given special attire
The 1,000 pilgrims selected for Hajj this year were seen standing apart and moving in small groups of 20
Saudi Arabia in June decided to limit the number of domestic pilgrims attending the hajj to 1,000 to prevent the spread of the coronavirus
Saudi Arabia halts entry to Mecca over fears of coronavirus outbreak; move comes just months ahead of annual hajj
Saudi Arabia halted travel to the holiest sites in Islam over fears about a viral epidemic just months ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage, a move that came as West Asia has over 220 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus.
Over 2 million Muslims from Saudi Arabia and other parts of the world began their annual hajj pilgrimage on Sunday
Scores of commentators who used to be Yogi Adityanath fans accused the Uttar Pradesh chief minister of acting like a secular, castigating his tweet on Hazrat Ali’s birthday as an unacceptable political gimmick