Over 30 Million Pilgrims Perform Umrah in Ramadan

19:18 - April 13, 2024
News ID: 3487923
IQNA – The number of pilgrims performing Umrah in Mecca during the holy month of Ramadan this year exceeded 30 million.

Pilgrims at Mecca Grand Mosque


Over 30 million Muslims from around the world performed Umrah or lesser pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia during this year’s Ramadan, which earlier this week, according to a Saudi official.

Walid Basamad, an official at a state agency in charge of Islam’s two holiest sites, added that competent directorates acted in coordination and harmony to ensure top-quality services to worshippers who thronged the Grand Mosque, Islam’s holiest place, in Mecca.

Ramadan usually marks the peak of Umrah at the Grand Mosque. It witnessed in this past lunar month large numbers of the faithful from outside the kingdom due to a host of facilities.

To cope with the influx, the authorities unveiled a series of measures to help worshippers perform rites smoothly and comfortably.

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The circumambulation courtyard of the mosque around the Holy Kaaba and the ground floor were designated for Umrah pilgrims during Ramadan. Likewise, authorities allocated certain gates of the sprawling mosque for pilgrims’ entry and exit to stave off overcrowding.

The Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, meanwhile, said no permit was issued for performing two or more Umrahs in Ramadan, urging the faithful to make do with one lesser pilgrimage. The ministry explained that the restriction aimed to ease congestion, allow others to undertake Umrah and help in crowd management.


Source: Gnews