A group of Hajj pilgrims from Indonesia has arrived in the city of Medina from where they will travel to the holy city of Mecca, marking the arrival of the first group of pilgrims outside the kingdom after two years due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Saudi Arabia announced last month that it will allow one million people - from inside and outside the kingdom - to come and perform the Hajj that will take place in July compared to about 60,000 last year and then more than 1,000 in 2020. Telegraph.

"Today we received the first group of pilgrims this year from Indonesia, and flights will continue from Malaysia and India," said Mohammed al-Bijawi from the country's Hajj ministry.

"Today we are happy to receive God's guests from outside the kingdom, after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic," he added, describing Saudi Arabia as "fully prepared" to accommodate them.

Going on Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam, which should be performed by all Muslims who have the opportunity at least once in their lives.

/ Telegraphy /