Reuters Ahmad Masood
Informed sources confirmed to the Saudi newspaper “Okaz” today, Saturday, that what has been circulated recently about allowing non-pilgrims to perform circumambulation around the Grand Mosque is invalid.
The sources indicated that “the decision to allow is old and was taken with the onset of the emerging corona virus pandemic,” noting that there is no drift behind what is transmitted through social media.
It is noteworthy that social media has reported news that it has been allowed to open the fire for the two non-performing pilgrims, starting at dawn on Saturday.
In early March, Saudi Arabia temporarily suspended the performance of Umrah as part of the unprecedented precautionary measures it took to limit the spread of the pandemic.
On the first of November 2020, it began to allow the performance of Umrah, visitation and prayers for citizens and residents from inside and outside the Kingdom, 100 percent, taking into account the precautionary measures.