Saudi Government on Tuesday, instructed Muslims to wait afore making plans to attend the yearly Hajj Pilgrimage until there was more transparency over the fatal Covid19 epidemic.

The Kingdom’s minister for Haj and Umrah, Dr. Muhammad Salih bin Taher Banten, said: “We’ve asked the world not to rush with regards to Hajj groups until the path of the epidemic becomes clear, keeping in mind the safety of pilgrims and public health as a priority”, reported Arab News.

“We have synchronized with the Ministry of Health an assessment tour of hotels that were used for health isolation to ensure that all services and care are provided to pilgrims,” he added.

Around 2.5 million hajjis annually gather to the holiest places of Islam in Makkah and Medina, which is one of the lifetime obligation for every Muslim and a major source of income for the kingdom. This year’s annual hajj has been put in uncertainty as the epidemic continues to wreak havoc around the globe and the Authorities of Saudi Arabia has been suspended Umrah to restraint the epidemic.

Saudi government has requested Pakistan to not sign any contract related to the forthcoming Hajj due to tentative condition amid coronavirus pandemic.

The Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony had conducted polling for the government’s Hajj scheme from which nearly 100,000 hajjis were selected to visit Saudi Arabia to perform the annual hajj later this year.