Jakarta (Indonesia Window) – The King of Saudi Arabia, Salman bin Abdulaziz, on Friday stated that the world is facing a very difficult time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, forcing the number of hajj pilgrims to be limited to 10,000 people.
“The hajj measures this year aim to protect the guests of God from the virus,” the Kingdom’s Minister of Media Majid al-Qasabi said on behalf of the King, as reported by Alarabiya.
The king added that this year’s hajj pilgrimage requires state officials to double their efforts to serve the worshipers and ensure they carry out all rituals safely.
Raja Salman thanked all those involved in holding the implementation of the fifth pillar of Islam.
In his official Twitter account King Salman expressed his wish that all Muslims around the world have the blessed Eid al-Adha.
“I congratulate everyone on the blessed Eid al-Adha. May Allah [grant us another Eid where we will be in] good, blessings, health, and wellness,” King Salman tweeted.
“We also ask [God] to accept the pilgrimage of those who completed hajj rituals, and [to accept] Muslims’ prayers, and to remove the coronavirus pandemic in our countries,” he added.
Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha on the 10th Dhulhijjah, which this year coincides with Friday (July 31, 2020).
The Eid al-Adha celebration marks the end of the pilgrimage as Muslims remember and understand the story of Prophet Ibrahim – (peace be upon him) to sacrifice his son, Prophet Ismail (peace be upon him) as a form of obedience to Allah ﷻ.
Earlier, King Salman had an intensive treatment at a hospital, but he was already discharged, and is now in good health.
Reporting by Indonesia Window