The Hajj and Umrah Ministry has approved worldwide quotas for Hajj pilgrims for 2022.
Riyadh — The Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has approved the quotas for pilgrims worldwide for the Hajj of 2022; Okaz/Saudi Gazette quoted well-informed sources.
The most populous Muslim country, Indonesia, got the greatest share of Hajj quotas. Indonesia received a quota of 100,051.
Pakistan meanwhile got the second largest number with 81,132 pilgrims, with India coming in third with 79,237 pilgrims. Bangladesh will send the fourth-largest number of pilgrims with a quota share of 57,585.
Angola stands at the bottom of the list with the lowest number of 23 pilgrims. As for the Arab countries, Egypt tops with 35,375 pilgrims for the forthcoming annual pilgrimage of Hajj.
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Nigeria, with 43,008, has the most significant share among the African countries. Iran’s allotted quota stood at 38,481, while Turkey’s received an allocation of 37,770 pilgrims.
Sources advised the quota allotted for the United States of America is 9504, while the quotas for Russia are 11318, China 9190, Thailand 5885, and Ukraine 91.
The ministry announced earlier that foreign pilgrims constitute 85 per cent of the total one million pilgrims permitted to perform Hajj this year.
Eight hundred fifty thousand foreign pilgrims will be allowed to perform Hajj, while a restricted number of domestic pilgrims’ will be allowed.
Foreign pilgrims constitute only 45.2 per cent of the original quota allotted for each country before the corona-virus outbreak.
The Ministry of Hajj has set specific terms and conditions for the foreign pilgrims for this year’s Hajj. These include restricting pilgrims’ age to 65, and the pilgrims have to take two doses of the corona-virus vaccine.