Islamabad: Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Ashrafi, Chairman Pakistan Ulema Council urged the intending pilgrims to religiously follow Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) announced by Saudi Center for Disease Prevention and Control (Weqaya) to decrease the infection rate and ensure pilgrims’ safety.
PUC chairman urged pilgrims to follow SOPs and adopt guidelines and precautionary measures for performing hajj.
He lauded Saudi decision of not cancelling the hajj despite prevalence of pandemic saying that the Saudi government wants maximum facilities for pilgrims visiting the holy land.
“Hajj arrangements by Saudi Arabia in such circumstances are a great achievement,” he added.
Saudi authorities made a positive decision by representing whims and wishes of Muslims and holding Hajj arrangements to a limited level instead of calling off Hajj owing to Covid-19, he said.
Tahir Ashrafi said pilgrims must not go for performing hajj without prior permission of Saudi government. The decision of performing Hajj by limited number of faithful in wake of coronavirus was in accordance of Islamic Shariah.
Saudi Center for Disease Prevention and Control (Weqaya) has directed that Pilgrims should register themselves with Saudi government and perform sacred religious ceremony by strictly following precautionary measures.
The performing of Hajj without prior permission from Saudi Hajj authorities will not be allowed; all the expatriates in Saudi Arabia who intend to perform Hajj in current year should cooperate with Saudi government and ensure implementation on rules and regulations of Saudi Arabia.