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Muslims start downsized Hajj in Saudi Arabia due to pandemic

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Vaccinated Muslim pilgrims residing in Saudi Arabia started their Hajj pilgrimage on Sunday, an annual event strictly curtailed for the second consecutive year over Covid-19 concerns. This year, only 60,000 Saudis and foreigners already residing in the oil-rich monarchy are taking part in the Hajj, one of Islam’s five pillars. The figure pales in comparison to the 2.5 million Muslims from all over the world who usually gather annually for the Hajj, Islam’s largest congregation. Last month, Saudi authorities said eligible pilgrims must be in the age group ranging from 18 to 65 years and fully v…

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