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How to Book Umrah Packages 2022 Online?

We are an Authorized Umrah Travel Agency Registered by the Ministry of Hajj & Umrah We provide Umrah Packages Online and Offline, that can help you to book Umrah packages easily including with Umrah eVisa. . We have an option for Chat Support We provide Packages (local Umrah Saudi Arabia  and Umrah International- From any Country) that are given by the permission of marketing for the Visa  and packages 2022 of the Hajj and Umrah 2022 pilgrimage Season.

As borders are fully open up for Saudi Umrah- Saudi tourism and traveling across the world, many of you would want to explore places, going on an Umrah pilgrimage, or visiting holy places. The two holiest pilgrimages for the Islamic community are the Hajj and Umrah. While The Hajj can only be performed during the month of Dhul Hijjah, pilgrims are welcome to perform Umrah any time of the year. Both Hajj and Umrah have one destination as the focal point—Kaaba. Kaaba is situated in the mosque known as Masjid-Al-Haraam.

Now Worshippers can enter Saudi Arabia for Umrah pilgrimage only when they have a special Umrah Visa. For people who are residents of Saudi Arabia and are working in the country, no special documentation is needed. Also, there is no limit for how many times a person can visit to perform Umrah or Hajj. But, the Umrah Visa is valid for two weeks only. You have to complete Umrah and leave before the Umrah Visa expires.

After COVID-19, many regulations have to be followed such as getting the vaccine and PCR test done or even quarantine in a few cases. To know more about the same, read our article on COVID-19 Regulations You Must Know to Perform Umrah in Saudi Arabia.

How to Book an Umrah 2022 Package?

You can be assisted by the Umrah OTA to acquire your Pilgrimage Visa and choose the destinations that you would like to visit. There are different ready-to-book Umrah packages available with the OTAs. Booking an Umrah package in advance assures that you shall have a hassle-free travel experience.

Here are four simple steps you can follow to book Umrah online easily through a booking system.

  • Search for hotels, and transportation according to your requirements on the online booking system
  • Select from a wide range of hotels and compare prices
  • Confirm your selected bookings through the online booking system
  • Make online payment securely to get your bank reference number (BRN) and get ready for your holy tour

Why Packages 2022 Book with Musafir Umrah Services?

The following vaccines are approved by the Government of Saudi Arabia: Two doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Oxford-AstraZeneca, and Moderna, and one dose of Jansen (Johnson & Johnson).

If you have received two doses of SinoPharm or SinoVac, you are considered fully vaccinated, but you will have to receive a booster shot of any one of these vaccines—Pfizer-BioNTech, Oxford-AstraZeneca, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson.

What if you have taken a vaccine in your country that is not approved by WHO?

Well, if you wish to visit Saudi Arabia for Umrah and the vaccine your country has provided you is not approved by WHO or Saudi Arabia, you have to follow the below-mentioned regulations:

  • Submit a PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure from your country
  • Comply with institutional quarantine for 5 days after reaching Saudi Arabia
  • Take two Coronavirus tests—first within 24 hours and second on the 5th day of arrival
  • Quarantine ends when the Coronavirus test proves negative

Why Book with Musafir Umrah Services?

Musafir Umrah is one of the OTAs that is a renowned service provider of Saudi Arabia, offering pilgrims different Umrah packages. We bring to you a wide range of hotels and transportation with the help of our online booking platform. We are official partners of the Maqam GDS, and at Umrah online booking system, we strive to offer a convenient and faster experience to generate BRNs.

Here’s why you should consider Musafir Umrah’s booking system to book Umrah online.

You Can Customize your Umrah 2022 Packages

At Musafir Umrah, you can request a customised Umrah package tailor-made to fit your plans. You may choose the accommodation, transportation, and destinations that you would like to visit. Our easy-to-use platform allows you to customise and manage your Umrah package.

We Offer the Best Customer Service

You shall receive from us the most helpful customer service through, chat, email, or call. Our customer support team is available 24×7 to assist you with all the Umrah package requirements and answer your queries.

The Online Booking System is User-Friendly

You can use the Musafir Umrah online booking system on any device. The interface is user-friendly and gives you a good experience of booking a tour package online. You can browse the Musafir Umrah website in English and Arabic to easily navigate through the pages.

Get the Best Deals on Hotel and Transportation

We give the best prices for your Umrah accommodation and travel. You can compare the prices of different hotels and book the one that suits you. At Musafir Umrah, you get transportation, travel, and ground services supplied in partnership with the Maqam GDS.

Musafir Umrah was established in 1981, and since then, we have been helping the pilgrims to complete their Umrah pilgrimage conveniently. You may trust our reliable services to book the best Umrah package for you

IndiGo Airline Sharjah-Hyderabad flight diverted to Karachi in Pakistan 2nd time in a weeks Report

IndiGo Airline Makes Emergency Landing Sharjah-Hyderabad flight diverted to Karachi in Pakistan 2nd time in a weeks, All passengers aboard IndiGo Airways fight are safe.Report.

An Indian airlines Indigo flight, travelling from UAE, Sharjah to India’s  City Hyderabad had to divert to Pakistan’s Karachi after the pilot reported a technical defect error.

In a statement, that the airlines said that the plane made a precautionary landing in Karachi and all the passengers are safe. According to sources from Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority, the right engine of the aircraft had failed.

IndiGo Airways flight 6E-1406, operating from Sharjah to Hyderabad was diverted to Karachi. The Indigo pilot observed a technical defect. Necessary procedures were followed and as a precaution measure, the aircraft was diverted to Karachi. An additional flight is being sent to Karachi to fly the passengers to Hyderabad,” the airline said in a release.

The Airline engine had issues as soon as the pilots achieved cruising altitude while passing over Pakistani airspace, following which they took a professional decision to divert to Karachi instead of putting the life at risk of over 100 passengers when flying over the Arabian sea, sources said.

  • IndiGo is reportedly also planning to send a replacement aircraft to Karachi to fly all the passengers to Hyderabad.An IndiGo flight between Sharjah to  Hyderabad was on Sunday 17 July 2022 diverted to Karachi in Pakistan after the pilot reported a technical snag in the aircraft. This is the second such incident in two weeks when an Indian airline has made a landing in Karachi.

    This incident is being examined by authorities at the airport, according to news agency ANI. IndiGo is reportedly also planning to send a replacement aircraft to Karachi.

    @IndiGo flight 6E-1406, operating from Sharjah to Hyderabad was diverted to Karachi. The pilot observed a technical defect. Necessary procedures were followed and as a precaution, the aircraft was diverted to Karachi,” IndiGo said in a press release.

    “After the pilot of the Sharjah-Hyderabad flight observed a technical defect in the aircraft, as a precaution the aircraft was diverted to Karachi, Pakistan. An additional flight is being sent to Karachi to fly the passengers to Hyderabad,” read a statement by the airlines, as quoted by ANI.

    All passengers onboard were safe.

New Umrah 2022 Packages will be going to starts from 30 July 2022 Umrah Season 1444

New Umrah 2022 will be starts from 30 July 2022 Umrah Season 1444

JEDDAH –  Ministry of Hajj and Umrah announced – Wednesday that the new Umrah 1444 season will begin on Muharram 1, 1444 corresponding Umrah Starting from July 30, 2022.

Requests for issuance of visas for the  Umrah 2022 pilgrims coming from all countries of the world Including India Pakistan & Bangladesh to perform the rituals of Umrah and visiting of the Prophet’s Mosque will start receiving from Thursday, July 14 (Dhul Hijjah 15).

The ministry of Umrah & Haj  said in a press statement that Umrah for pilgrims within the Kingdom and abroad will begin on July 30 (Muharram 1).

Umrah Permits can also be issued to domestic pilgrims through the Eatmarna application. This will be in accordance with an integrated system of health services & measures approved by the concerned authorities to maintain the safety and health of pilgrims Umrah and visitors, within easy procedures that ensure the performance of the Umrah rituals in ease and comfort Way.

The Rules & regulations for the qualification of foreign agents to provide services for Umrah pilgrims and visitors to the Prophet’s Mosque include submitting a qualification request through the portal of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah.

That They should also adhere to the rules and regulations described in the portal, with attaching documents and data related to commercial registration; membership of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), and some other personal data.

It is noteworthy that Ministry of Hajj and Umrah is working, in coordination with the competent authorities, to determine that the preventive health measures to protect against coronavirus, including taking vaccines approved in the Kingdom; attaching certificate of immunization approved by the official authorities in the origin country of the pilgrim, in addition to an acknowledgment of the truthfulness of the information.

Hajj 2022 ends officially as last batches of Hajj 1443 pilgrims leave Mina

MINA – Nearly half of around 900,000 Haj pilgrims, who stayed back in Mina Monday night to perform the stoning ritual for the fourth consecutive day, threw pebbles at 3 Jamarat on Tuesday 12 July 2022 afternoon.

They left Mina towards Makkah for performing Tawaful Wida (farewell circumambulation), marking as the end of the annual Hajj pilgrimage on a sound and joyous note.

The Hajj pilgrims hurled seven pebbles each, first at Jamarat Al-Sugra, then move at Jamarat Al-Wusta, and finally at The Jamarat Al-Aqaba in a calm and peaceful atmosphere inside sprawling Jamarat Complex mannaged by a contingent of security forces, health workers and volunteers.

Large number of pilgrims, who did not complete their visit of Prophet’s Mosque Madina Al Munawwara, have left for Madinah after performing Tawaf Al-Wida on Monday 11 July and Tuesday 12 July before leaving for their destinations in various parts of the Kingdom as well as to foreign countries.

The General Directorate of Passports (Jawazat) confirmed its readiness to facilitate the departure procedures of the pilgrims via the Kingdom’s airports, sea ports and land entry points. The Jawazat said that it has mobilized all its human and technical resources and capabilities to complete the departure procedures in ease and comfort.

Although Hajj concludes officially on Tuesday, the third day of Tashreeq, pilgrims were allowed to hasten to complete it the previous day. Half of the pilgrims of this year’s Hajj took advantage of the concession to leave a day earlier on Monday in line with the pilgrims’ grouping plan, formulated by the Saudi authorities.

The Saudi authorities have won accolades from within the Kingdom as well as from the Arab and Islamic world for their great efforts in making this year’s Hajj pilgrimage hassle-free and a resounding success. Many Arab and Islamic countries and organizations hailed the Saudi leadership and people for their great efforts that culminated in the success of the Hajj.

Eid al-Adha 2022 50+ Eid Mubarak Wishes

Eid al-Adha 2022 50+ Eid Mubarak Wishes

Happy Eid-ul-Adha 2022: Top 50 Eid Mubarak Wishes, Messages and Quotes to share with your friends and family on Bakrid

Below are some Happy Eid Mubarak Messages, Happy  Wishes, and Happy Eid prayers, Eid Mubarak, and Sallah quotes you can send to friends, family members, and loved ones to mark Eid-el-Kabir 2022 celebration.

1. May the pious occasion of Eid-ud-Adha bring prosperity, joy, and positivity to your life. Eid Mubarak to you and your family.

2. May Allah always guide you and fill your life with light and happiness. Warm wishes on Bakrid to you and your family.

3. Sending lots of love and good wishes to you and your family on the auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Adha. May Allah fill your life with good health and happy moments. Eid Mubarak!

4. Wishing you Allah’s choicest blessings on this holy festival of Eid-ul-Adha. Eid Mubarak!

5. Heartiest wishes to you and your family, may Allah fulfil all your dreams. With prayers and blessings. Eid Mubarak!

6. Wishing you a harmonious and prosperous life. My heartiest greetings to you and your family on Eid-ud-Adha.

7. May this holy festival bring life, light and joy. Bakrid Mubarak to you and your family.

Taqabbal allaha minna wa minkum

Eid mubarak to u and ur family

May allah accept ur Dua
Forgive ur sins
And accept all good deeds
May allah protect u and ur family from all calamites and keep u safe and happy

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته
عيد المبارك
الله اكبر الله اكبرالله اكبر لااله الاالله ،الله اكبر الله اكبر ولله الحمد، الله أكـبــر كـبـيــرًا، والـحـمـــد لله كـثــيــرًا، وسـبــحــان الله بـكــرة وأصــيـــلاً .🤍🕋

May your Eid be a blessed one! May Allah accept from all of us, and grant you and your loved ones the best of this world and hereafter.

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

تقبل الله منا ومنك صالح الأعمال والطاعات وكل عام وانتم بخير


Assalamualalaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuhu, Eid Mubarak to you and your loved ones. May Allah bless you on this Eid with love, happiness, joy and peace. May Allah protect us all.

آمین بجاه شفیع المذنبین ﷺ

Eid ul Azha Mubarak

آمين يا رب العالمين


My warm greetings to you and your family on this Mubarak occasion of Eid-ud-Adha. May you never encounter hardships and you follow the footsteps of the Divine for a peaceful life.

9. Wishing you positivity and good health in abundance on this holy festival of Bakrid.

10. May the Almighty overwhelm your life with loads of joy and prosperity in the coming years! Eid Mubarak!

11. May you enjoy this festival of joy peacefully, submerged in love and generosity. Bakrid Mubarak!

12. May this auspicious occasion sweeten your life with health, wealth and prosperity. Happy Bakrid!

13. Sending you loads of warm wishes and hugs on the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha. Eid Mubarak!

14. May this Mubarak occasion illuminate your heart and soul with peace. Eid Mubarak!

15. My prayers and good wishes to you and your family on this holy festival of Eid-ud-Adha! Wishing you loads of success and love of the near and dear ones.

16. May you feel the holy presence of Allah in your homes this Eid. Eid Mubarak!

17. On this happy occasion of Eid-ud-Adha, I pray for you and your entire family’s well-being and happiness. Eid Mubarak!

18. May you become free from all your vices on this pious festival. Bakrid Mubarak!

19. May the joy, cheer and merriment of this divine festival surround you forever. Eid Mubarak!

20. I hope you become one with yourself to discover the true inner-self this Eid. Eid Mubarak!

21. Become a harbinger of peace, joy and love on this divine occasion. Eid Mubarak!

22. Wishing you a blessed and prosperous day ahead, filled with laughter and smiles around you. Happy Eid!

23. May your life be illuminated like the crescent of the moon. Eid Mubarak!

24 . Shine like the moon and burn all negativity around you on this happy occasion. Happy Eid!

25. May the sweetness of sevai enriches your life with love and compassion. Eid Mubarak!

26. May Allah shower his blessings on you and your family on this holy festival of Eid. Loads of prayers and blessings. Eid Mubarak!!

27. Eid Mubarak! May this festival of sacrifice promote brotherhood, harmony and peace in the world.

28. May you cherish each moment of this divine festival and all your dreams come true. Happy Eid-ud-Adha!

29. My prayers to Allah that he bestows his blessings on this world, uniting everyone and removing all the evils prevailing. Eid Mubarak!

30. Wishing you and your family positivity, happiness and peace on this pious occasion. Eid Mubarak!

31. On this prayerful occasion of Eid-ul-Adha, I pray that your life is loaded with happy moments and prosperity in abundance. Happy Eid!

32. My prayerful wishes for you on this divine festival. A very happy Eid-ud-Adha to you and your loved ones.

33. May Allah grant his mercy on you and forgive you for all your sins. Eid Mubarak!

34. I wish this festival of Eid-ud-Adha is woven with the kind virtues of impurity and kindness for one and all. Eid Mubarak!

35. Make this beautiful occasion of Eid-ud-Adha more special by thanking Allah for bestowing his immense blessings on you and your family. A very happy Eid to you!

36. May sharing and caring become important ingredients of your life to make Allah happy. Wishing you an incredible Eid-ud-Adha!

37. May all your sacrifices pay you well and you cherish joyous moments with your loved ones on this sacred day of Eid-ud-Adha!!

38. Spread tones of happiness with your inner light and wisdom on this happy occasion. Eid Mubarak!

39. Place your trust in Allah and leave all your worries to him, may this festival bring a ray of hope in your life. Eid Mubarak!

40. May this divine festival give you the courage to tread on the right path always. Happy Bakrid!

41. Sending you lots of love and warm wishes on Eid-ud-Adha and pray that your life is filled by His graces and blessings. Happy Eid!

42. Wishing you love, laughter and joy on this special day. Eid Mubarak!

43. Make love and kindness your way of life, promise yourself that you will never choose the wrong path, Eid Mubarak!

44. Remove all differences, animosity and rage in you on this holy festival of Eid-ud-Adha. Eid Mubarak!!

45. May joy, peace and light blossom in the world and negativity gets eroded. Eid Mubarak!

46. May this festival of sacrifice awaken all the virtues in you and you nurture them with determination. Eid Mubarak!

47. I wish for your life to always be imbued with harmony, happiness, good health and prosperity always. Eid-ud-Adha Mubarak to you and your family.

48. May you become wiser and enlightened with each passing day of your life! Lots of happiness to you and your family. Eid Mubarak!

49. Praying for a joyous and blissful Eid-ud-Adha. May Allah bless you with good health and happiness in abundance. Happy Eid!!

50. Sending you my greetings on the divine festival of Bakrid. May Allah bless you with kindness, patience and love. Eid Mubarak!

Eid Mubarak Messages

Eid ul Fitr is the beautiful symbol of Islam as it removes the barrier between the rich and the poor, the believer and the sinner. May you take this chance to repent for your mistakes and ask for Allah’s grace! Eid Mubarak!

Eid Mubarak to you! Each Muslim is welcome to embrace the warmth of Allah’s love on this day, so make sure to share the joy and excitement with your family and neighbors! May Allah bless you with ceaseless happiness and goodwill!

Eid Mubarak! I pray to Allah that He showers you with an abundance of happiness and success, in this life and in the afterlife.

Accept the blessings of Allah with all your heart and forget the sorrows that burden your soul. Enjoy the moments you share with your family. Happy Eid Day 2022!

Eid Mubarak! Seize the moment and be happy. Because very little is needed to make a happy life, it’s all within yourself and your way of thinking.

May this Eid brings you unlimited joys, may all your wishes come true on this holy day and may you and your family be blessed by the grace of Allah. Eid ul-Fitr Mubarak!

May this beautiful occasion of eid gives you all the reasons to make your life even more beautiful. Wishing you a happy Eid day! Eid Mubarak!

Eid Mubarak! May Eid turns the desire of our heart into reality and shines the light of rightness on us. May the goodness and joy in our life be multiplied on this Eid. May Allah accept your good deeds and forgive your sins.

Eid ul Fitr Wishes

Eid ul fitr Mubarak! I hope Allah will shower you with happiness, health and serenity!

Eid Mubarak! May this Eid ul Fitr bring you closer to the Almighty and fill your heart with devotion, kindness and peace!

Eid ul fitr Mubarak! I hope you will spend this blissful day amidst kindness, warmth, and goodwill!

Eid Mubarak to you! Welcome the day with a smile on your face and embrace the divine blessings with arms wide open!

Eid Mubarak! May you and your loved ones stay in good health, walk on the righteous path and achieve your wholesome goals!

I hope by the time the next Eid ul Fitr arrives, Allah makes you a more pious Muslim and a more virtuous human being! Eid Mubarak!

The joy of Eid ul Fitr multiplies when smiles, love, and hospitality are shared among the community! Eid Mubarak to all!

Sending my sincere Eid-ul Fitr greetings, from my family to yours! Eid Mubarak!

May the beauty of Islam stay ablaze in your heart! Eid Mubarak!

May prosperity, peace, and abundant blessings find their way towards you! Eid Mubarak!

Eid Mubarak Wishes

Eid Mubarak! May Allah fulfill all your dreams and hopes.

Eid Mubarak! Sending all my love and good wishes to you.

Eid Mubarak! May the blessings of Allah be with you and your family forever and always.

A Guide for Hajj and Umrah Pilgrims Hajj 2022 1443 Season

A Guide for Hajj and Umrah Pilgrims Hajj 2022 1443 Season

The Ihram

In this guide, you will learn everything you need to know about entering Ihraam.

Ihraam is the first step in your journey of pilgrimage, and it is an act of the heart with which you enter into a great act of worship. Allah commanded us to form sincere intentions for Hajj and ‘Umrah and to establish them for His sake, Glory be to Him, to the fullest extent. As the Almighty said: “Perform the pilgrimage and the visit (to Makkah) for Allah.”

What is Ihraam? in Hajj & Umrah

It is entering into the act of worship of Hajj or ‘Umrah, which is done by forming the intention to enter into the ‘Umrah or Hajj and begin with the Talbiyah.

One has to declare the exact form of worship that he intended at the beginning of his Talbiyah, saying: “Labbayka ‘Umratan” or “Labbayka Hajjan”. By he enters the state of Ihraam and starts his worship of Hajj or Umrah.

It is Sunnah for him to perform ghusl (bath) or wudoo’ (ablution) before he intends to enter Ihraam.

As soon as he has formed the intention, he will have begun his rituals and must abstain from all the prohibitions of Ihraam.

The clothes of Ihraam

The person in Ihraam (Muhrim) wears a robe which is wrapped around the lower part of his body, and a robe which covers the top. Its colour should be white.

He can use a buckle or belt which he wraps around his waist to hold his Izaar (loincloth) from falling and to keep his belongings, phone, and money in.

All people are equal in their dress and appearance, and are not separated by colours or material things, and they stand on equal footing, supplicating to Allah and imploring Him.


Women take on the Ihraam in whatever clothes they want, provided that they are:

Loose and wide, covering everything and not hindering movement.

It has no adornment which are charming to men.


If the pilgrim performing Hajj or ‘Umrah fears that he will not be able to complete his rituals due to a disease or a legitimate excuse or a reason outside of his control, then it is permissible for him to stipulate the intention. He does so by saying this after mentioning his ritual when saying “Labbayka ‘Umratan” or “Labbayka Hajjan”:

If anything prevents me, then my place is where You prevented me.” (he can say this in any language he prefers).

If he says this and stipulates a condition, and then something prevents them from completing the ritual, it is permissible for him to leave state of Ihraam, and there is no atonement for him.

The Talbiyah

The Talbiyah is when you recite: “LabbaykAllaahumma labbayk, labbayka laa shareeka laka labbayk. Innal hamda wan-ni’matah laka wal-mulk, laa shareeka lak” (“At your service, o Allah, at Your service! At Your service, there is no partner for You, at Your service! Indeed all praise and grace belong to You, and so does the supreme authority, You have no partner.”) And its meaning is: O Allah, we came, answering Your call to perform Hajj time after time, acknowledging You in monotheism and worship, acknowledging Your grace and the perfection of Your supreme authority. It is the majestic motto of the pilgrims, which declares servitude and obedience to the Creator, the Blessed, Glory be to Him.

The men raise their voices and the women whisper.

The Talbiyah starts from the beginning of the Ihraam

And the Talbiyah ends:

For the person performing ‘Umrah: when seeing the House (Ka’bah).

For the person performing Hajj: When stoning the Jamrah of ‘Aqabah

The Miqats

In veneration of the Sacred House of Allah, the Messenger of Allah  specified places before Makkah from which those coming for Hajj and ‘Umrah must enter the state of Ihraam. They begin reciting the Talbiyah before they reach the boundaries of the Sanctity (Haram). These locations vary according to the location one is travelling from.

The pilgrim or the visitor who lives far from Makkah is obliged to take on the state of Ihraam from these Miqats or what is adjacent to them and parallel to them on their way, whether he travels by plane or by land. One should not go beyond these points without Ihraam.

Usually, planes coming to Jeddah announce the timing of alignment with the Miqat, so that pilgrims coming for Hajj and ‘Umrah can enter into the state of Ihram.

There are three types of people when it comes to entering the state of Ihraam: 1 2 3 Whoever is in Makkah: He enters the state of Ihraam to perform ‘Umrah from the nearest place outside the Sanctity (Haram), such as the mosque of the Mother of the Believers ‘Aishah in At-Tan’im. One takes on the state of Ihraam for Hajj from the place where he is. Whoever is located between Makkah and the Miqats: he takes on the state of Ihraam for Hajj and ‘Umrah from the place where he is. Whoever is in his place beyond the Miqats: he must take on the state of Ihraam from the Miqats or those adjacent to them for Hajj or ‘Umrah.

Hajj 2022 Saudi Arabia expecting one million Hajj Pilgrims

Saudi Arabia expecting one million Hajj Pilgrims, first time since COVID-19

Number is largest since COVID-19 virus struck

About One million Muslim pilgrims were converging on Saudi Arabia’s holy city of Mecca on Wednesday for the largest Hajj since the coronavirus pandemic access to one of Islam’s five pillars.

Saudi Arabia’s is allowing around 850,000 Muslims from abroad to make the annual Haj 2022 pilgrimage, which begins on Thursday, marks a major step toward normalcy after two years of a drastically scaled-down Hajj restricted to Saudi residents.

One million foreign and domestic pilgrims participating is still far less than the 2.5 million Muslims who traveled in 2019 for the Hajj  pilgrimage, typically one of the world’s largest Pilgrimage gatherings. Those performing the Haj ritual this year must be under 65, Fully vaccinated against coronavirus and have tested negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of travel. All the Hajj pilgrims are chosen from millions of applicants through an online lottery system.

Saudi officials inspected the holy site on Wednesday and stressed their “readiness” to receive pilgrims with the goal of “maintaining public health.”

After the coronavirus outbreak in 2020, Saudi authorities allowed just 1,000 Hajj pilgrims , Those who already residing in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia to attend, prompting historians to compare the disruption to the site’s storming by religious extremists and dramatic closure in 1979.

Hajj 2021Last year, the Hajj was similarly restricted and allowed upto 60,000 fully vaccinated Muslims residing in Saudi Arabia. The unprecedented curbs sent shock waves throughout the Muslim world, devastating many believers who had spent years saving and awaited up for the visit of religious rite.

This year, Hajj 2022 however, Saudi authorities are keen to relax virus curbs. Religious pilgrimages brought in $12 billion before the pandemic — accounting for the largest percentage of Saudi Arabia’s gross domestic product after oil.

Although virus cases have risen steadily to more than 500 a day in Saudi Arabia, the government lifted the country’s indoor mask mandate and other virus precautions last month. Roughly 70 percent of the country has been vaccinated against the virus.

The Quran says that all Islam’s followers who are physically and financially are Strong and able to make the pilgrimage once in their lifetime. Hajj Pilgrims travel to Mecca from all over the world for five intense days of worship, carrying out a series of rituals.

The Hajj follows a route the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) walked nearly 1,400 years ago and is believed to trace the footsteps of the prophets Ibrahim and Prophet Ismail, or Abraham and Ishmael as they are named in the Bible.