23 June 2020
Changes to Hajj 2020 for British Muslims
On Monday 22nd June 2020, the Saudi Ministry of Hajj & Umrah announced that the numbers performing Hajj will be “very limited” and that only Muslims from various nationalities residing in Saudi Arabia will be allowed to perform Hajj 2020. This means all international Hajjis, including those from the UK, will not be able to perform their Hajj this year.
Harun Khan, Secretary General of the MCB, said:
“Going for Hajj is one of the biggest events in a Muslim’s life, so it is naturally saddening for British Muslims who had made plans to go, to hear they will be unable to perform the pilgrimage this year. But in these unprecedented times, it is imperative that public health is put first.
“And whilst physically unable to be present, the symbolic messages of Hajj – in particular that of the equality of man regardless of race, colour or creed, made especially relevant in light of recent global events – must continue to reverberate within British Muslim communities and guide our efforts to work towards a fairer and more just society for all.”
For more information and support if you had booked to go for Hajj, visit the Council of British Hajjis.