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More than one and a half million Muslims arrived in Mecca for the Hajj

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jun14,2024

More than one and a half million Muslims arrived in Mecca to perform the Hajj

Photo: Believers Muslims pray around the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca on June 12, 2024.

More than one and a half million pilgrims had arrived from around the world in Saudi Arabia by Tuesday, June 11, mainly by air, officials said.

More are expected to come, joined by hundreds of thousands of Saudis when the pilgrimage known as the Hajj officially begins on Friday, June 14, reports ; Associated Press.

Saudi authorities expect the number of pilgrims this year to exceed last year's figures, when more than 1.8 million people performed the hajj, closer to pre-pandemic levels.

In 2019 More than 2.4 million Muslims made the pilgrimage this year.

Saudi Arabian authorities control the flow of pilgrims through quotas, allowing each country to send one pilgrim for every thousand Muslims.

Prepared by: Sergei Daga

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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