Socially distanced pilgrims circumambulating around the Kaaba, the holiest shrine in the Grand Mosque in the holy Saudi city of Mecca, on Friday during the annual Muslim haj pilgrimage. Photo: AFPSocially distanced pilgrims circumambulating around the Kaaba, the holiest shrine in the Grand Mosque in the holy Saudi city of Mecca, on Friday during the annual Muslim haj pilgrimage. Photo: AFP
Socially distanced pilgrims circumambulating around the Kaaba, the holiest shrine in the Grand Mosque in the holy Saudi city of Mecca, on Friday during the annual Muslim haj pilgrimage. Photo: AFP

Annual haj pilgrimage begins in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, for the lucky few amid social distancing

  • On Wednesday 1,000 Muslim pilgrims, down from the usual 2 million, begin a haj transformed by the Covid-19 pandemic in Mecca, Saudi Arabia
  • Handed single-use bottles of holy water and sterilised pebbles for the ritual stoning of the devil, they wear tracking bracelets and travel on half-empty buses

Topic |   Saudi Arabia
Socially distanced pilgrims circumambulating around the Kaaba, the holiest shrine in the Grand Mosque in the holy Saudi city of Mecca, on Friday during the annual Muslim haj pilgrimage. Photo: AFPSocially distanced pilgrims circumambulating around the Kaaba, the holiest shrine in the Grand Mosque in the holy Saudi city of Mecca, on Friday during the annual Muslim haj pilgrimage. Photo: AFP
Socially distanced pilgrims circumambulating around the Kaaba, the holiest shrine in the Grand Mosque in the holy Saudi city of Mecca, on Friday during the annual Muslim haj pilgrimage. Photo: AFP
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