Coronavirus Causes Cancellation of Muslim Pilgrimage

Coronavirus Causes Cancellation of Muslim Pilgrimage

(ReliableNews.org) – The coronavirus isn’t just affecting travel and work, it’s now impacting religious activities as well.

This week, Saudi Arabia announced they would not allow Muslims who want to worship at the cities of Medina and Mecca to enter the country. The Umrah pilgrimage, which can be made any time of the year, is one that people of the Islamic faith dream of doing:

The Saudi government said they were trying to stop the spread of the virus that has infected more than 80,000 people worldwide. This isn’t the first time the foreign ministry has made a decision to stop pilgrimages. In 2014, they were halted due to the Ebola outbreak.

Millions of Muslims will make the annual Hajj pilgrimage in July. It’s unclear whether that one will be canceled as well. The country does not have any confirmed cases of the coronavirus and they are desperately trying to keep it that way.

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