Canceling Hajj Throughout the Ages
Hajj has been canceled to Saudi Arabia for the first time since the establishment of the coronavirus
Saudi Arabia on Tuesday called for the cancellation of the Hajj this year, and urged pilgrims to postpone flights and reservations due to the coronary virus epidemic.
Around 20 million people visit Mecca for an annual pilgrimage scheduled to start in July this year, but plans are doubtful, with 1,563 coronavirus infections and 10 deaths recorded in the country.
As in many countries, Saudi Arabia also imposed a curfew and a curfew in an attempt to prevent an outbreak of the disease, and imposed severe restrictions on access to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina. The decrease in Umrah pilgrimage has already stopped Riyadh.
The Minister of Hajj and Umair Muhammad Salih bin Tahir Banton told Saudi television channel that Muslims who plan to perform the Hajj pilgrimage at least once in their lives should “wait until the end of the contract.”
Benton said: “We have asked our Muslim brothers all over the world to wait until the deal is clear.”
In the current situation, when we talk about a global pandemic, we asked God to save us. He added, “The state is committed to protecting the health of Muslims and citizens.”
Benton said that the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah had returned travel agencies to pay a visa in Umrah after it stopped visiting Mecca in late February.
Although pilgrimages have been canceled repeatedly over the centuries, not a year has passed since the establishment of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 1932, and the Spanish flu killed 1917-18 million people around the world.
If Saudi Arabia eliminates the Hajj in 2020, it will add to the list of 40 dramatic cancellations after the first 629 cancellations. The Middle East is investigating some of the most important cancellations in history:
865 Massacre on Mount Arafat
During the battle with the Abbasid caliphate in Baghdad, Ismail bin Yusuf al-Safaq, also known as al-Safaq, seized Mecca and attacked Jabal Arafat, killing several pilgrims there. The raid forced the cancellation of the Hajj.
930: The Khmer Rouge
In 930, Abu Tahir al-Janabi, the head of the splinter group of the Noble Qur’an in Bahrain, attacked Mecca.
Historical records say that the Carmatians killed 30,000 pilgrims in the Holy City and dumped their bodies in the Holy Samsa. A large mosque was looted, granite was stolen from the Kaaba and handed over to Bahrain.
The Hajj was suspended for ten years until the Black Stone returned to Mecca.
The Carmatians were an Ismaili Shi’a community that believed in a community of equality and considered pilgrimage a pagan custom.
983: The Abbasid and Fatimid Caliphate
Politics interfered in the Hajj. In 983, two rulers of the caliphate – political disputes between the Abbasids in Iraq and Syria and the Fatimids in Egypt – were sent to Muslims traveling to Mecca for the Hajj. Eight years will pass before the Hajj again in 991.
1831: The plague
Hajj is not the only conflict that has been canceled. The plague from India struck Makkah in 1831 and killed three quarters of the pilgrims there. They traveled on dangerous and barren lands for several weeks to perform the Hajj.
1837-1858: The Epidemiology Series
During two decades, the pilgrimage was stopped three times, and the pilgrims were unable to travel to Mecca for seven years.
In 1837, another plague struck the holy city, and everything stopped until 1840.
In 1846, cholera killed more than 15,000 people, and its residents endured until 1850. The outbreak in 1865 and 1883;
In 1858, another global cholera pandemic began, as a result of which a group of Egyptian pilgrims fled the Red Sea coast in Egypt.