Saudi Arabia’s moon sighting committees made the announcement after investigating and reviewing the reports of the crescent for this month throughout the Kingdom. (File/AFP)
Jeddah, (UNA-OIC) – The Saudi Supreme Court on Monday said that Dhul Al-Hijjah will begin on Wednesday, July 22, and that Arafat Day will fall on Thursday, July 30, whereas Eid Al-Adha will start on Friday, July 31.
Pilgrims selected to perform the Hajj this year started a seven-day quarantine on Sunday, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said.
The measure is part of a series of safeguards taken to ensure the safety of pilgrims during Hajj, which is taking place amid the ongoing coronavirus disease pandemic.
Saudi authorities have taken all measures to ensure the safety and security of pilgrims.
A security perimeter will be in place to keep illegal commuters from entering the holy city, said Maj. Gen. Eid bin Saad Al-Otaibi, the director of police in Makkah region.
He said steps had been taken at all checkpoints leading to Makkah.
The police chief said in addition to the existing ones, many new checkpoints had been established on the unpaved roads surrounding the holy city and other sites. Patrols were also being dispatched along main roads leading to Makkah to prevent violators from entering the city.
Al-Otaibi said that 32 restricted zones had been set up, including one to patrol and monitor any Hajj violations.
An active scan of surrounding valleys, mountains and rest houses had also been carried out to stop anyone from sneaking into Makkah.
Efforts have been made to put an end to fake Hajj campaigns, he said.
According to Maj. Gen. Abdul Aziz Al-Masaad, assistant commander of the Hajj patrol security, not a single fake campaign has been reported so far.
Al-Masaad said: “Only those with a permit to access the central area and the holy sites in Makkah are allowed entry. Violators will face severe penalties.”
He urged pilgrims and non-pilgrims to follow procedures carefully for the safety of everyone during the Hajj season.
People from 160 different nations currently residing in the Kingdom have been selected to perform the Hajj this year.
Pilgrims will be required to undergo a second quarantine period after they have performed Hajj.