On Monday, July 27 at 19:30 GMT:
The Islamic ritual of Hajj is predicted to start on July 29 however within the midst of a world pandemic, it’ll look in contrast to something the Muslim world has seen earlier than.
Saudi Arabia, home to the holy metropolis of Mecca on which the pilgrimage centres, has mentioned it’ll permit about 1,000 folks to carry out a ritual that ordinarily attracts greater than two million worshippers. Though this yr’s attendees come from 160 nations, they’ve been chosen from folks already living within the kingdom.
Pilgrims must be examined for the novel coronavirus and quarantined at home earlier than they’ll travel to Mecca. Once there, they are going to once more be examined and given GPS bracelets for contact tracing. Rituals will likely be carried out whereas carrying face masks. Touching or kissing the Kaaba, the holiest website in Islam, is banned. All pilgrims should additionally preserve a bodily distance of 1.5 metres (5 ft) throughout prayers.
Saudi Arabia is at present experiencing a surge in coronavirus circumstances and the scaling again of Hajj is predicted to deepen its financial droop. In regular instances it’s estimated the pilgrimage provides $12bn to Saudi Arabia’s gross home product (GDP) annually. The International Monetary Fund expects the dominion’s GDP for 2020 to contract by 6.eight p.c as each the pandemic and slumping oil costs take a toll.
In this episode of The Stream, we’ll talk about the impact of this yr’s Hajj on Muslims around the globe and the financial implications of the scaled-back pilgrimage.
On this episode of The Stream, we’re joined by:
Joseph Lumbard, @JosephLumbard
Professor of Quran Studies, Hamad Bin Khalifa University and host, Quran For All Seasons podcast
Columnist, The Globe & Mail
Source: Al Jazeera