Hajj Likely to be Cancelled this Year

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The Muslim Times’ Chief Editor’s comment: Dear Muslim brothers and sisters, let us learn to think with greater flexibility; please meditate on the reality that the whole of the Surah Hajj of the holy Quran will be understood fresh in the context of Coronavirus’ times; likewise each and every verse of the Quran should be understood in the context of our times and not like it was understood by scholars or religious leaders of your choosing of the past. Please, please, let us live in the present and future and less so in the past. May Allah bless all of us with wisdom, humility and forbearance.

Source: The Guardian

Hajj pilgrimage could be cancelled because of coronavirus

Saudi authorities pave way for first closure of annual Islamic event in Mecca since 1798

By Middle East correspondent

The biggest occasion in the Islamic calendar, the annual hajj pilgrimage, has become the latest global event to be jeopardised by coronavirus, with Saudi authorities suggesting travellers delay plans to visit Mecca in late July.

The comments have been widely interpreted as clearing the ground for a cancellation of this year’s event, a rare occurrence in modern history: the last such closure took place more than 200 years ago.

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Mecca and Medina, the two holy cities that are hubs of the pilgrimage, have both been in effect closed to visitors for the past month, a step that was not taken during the 1918 flu pandemic. Saudi officials have sealed the country’s borders to foreigners and imposed widespread restrictions on movement inside the kingdom, partly in the hope of eradicating the disease before the hajj.

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  1. “Goodness does not consist in turning your face towards East or West. The truly good are those who believe in God and the Last Day, in the angels, the Scripture, and the prophets; who give away some of their wealth, however much they cherish it, to their relatives, to orphans, the needy, travelers and beggars and to liberate those in debt and bondage; those who keep up the prayers and pay the prescribed alms; who keep pledges whenever they make them; who are steadfast in misfortune, adversity and times of danger. These are the ones who are true, and it is they who are aware of God.” (Al Quran 2:177/178)

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