Director-General of Hajj and Umrah Implementation of the Ministry of Religion; Nizar Ali said the Saudi Arabian government would soon announce the implementation of the 2020 pilgrimage shortly. Nizar hopes the Saudi Arabian government will announce the implementation of the pilgrimage, not cancel it.
“This is the latest news from Saudi Arabia. Hopefully, this can be carried out in connection with our pilgrimage,” Nizar said in a written statement on Monday (4/27/2020).
Nizar explained, before announcing the implementation of the pilgrimage, the government of Saudi Arabia first did a survey related to the preparation of the application of the pilgrimage 2020. The study involved 25 countries.
According to Nizar, a survey of the 25 countries was carried out by the Saudi Arabian government to find out how prepared the organizing committee of the pilgrimage was for each country. Because the current condition is that there is a COVID-19 pandemic.
“There is a survey conducted by the Ministry of Hajj, in this case, is the planning of Saudi Arabia when becoming a participant of the World Hajj and Umrah Convention that conducted a study or survey of the 25 richest countries with the readiness of Hajj in each country,” he said.
Nizar hopes that the survey can become input for the Saudi Arabian government to open the haj pilgrimage or cancel it. According to him, of the 25 countries surveyed, only 15 states had returned the forms.
“The survey will be expected as input for the Ministry of Hajj or for Raja Salman in making policies or decisions related to the preparation and steps of each country related to COVID-19,” he said.
Nizar explained, the current situation of Saudi Adab was conducive. According to him, the Saudi Arabian government plans to reopen malls, shops, and other public facilities on Thursday.
“There is information that we get that is a bit relieved from the development of COVID-19 in Saudi Arabia now because on April 29th, on Wednesday all the malls and then the shops of the cafes were allowed to reopen, this seems like there are signs good for us, “he said.