A FIRST: Saudi feminine officers allowed to protect Islam’s holiest websites

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In a big stride in direction of girls empowerment, dozens of feminine troopers grew to become part of the safety providers that monitor pilgrims in Mecca and Medina, the birthplaces of Islam. For the primary time, Saudi feminine troopers stood guard in Mecca as 1000’s of Muslim pilgrims took half on this yr’s Hajj, Deutsche Welle reported.

Ladies wearing navy khaki uniforms have been seen monitoring the safety state of affairs within the Grand Mosque in Mecca. Together with khaki, they have been sporting a hip-length jacket, unfastened trousers, and a black beret over a veil masking their hair.

Individuals throughout Twitter hailed the feat. Scores of customers referred to as it a key step in direction of girls empowerment. “First time within the historical past of Makkah a feminine Saudi Guard performing obligation throughout #Hajj #WomenEmpowerment,” a Twitter person wrote. “Lengthy overdue however by no means too late,” one other Twitterati wrote.

Whereas adhering to COVID-19 protocols, 1000’s of vaccinated Muslim pilgrims gathered at Mecca to carry out Hajj.The Hajj, which is without doubt one of the 5 pillars of Islam, concluded with the Eid al-Adha celebrations. 

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Based on Al Jazeera, 10,000 vaccinated Muslim pilgrims circled Islam’s holiest website in Mecca on Sunday (July 18) however remained socially distanced and wore masks because the coronavirus takes its toll on the Hajj for a second yr working. Beforehand drawing some 2.5 million Muslims from all walks of life from throughout the globe, the Hajj pilgrimage is now virtually unrecognisable in scale.This yr, 60,000 vaccinated residents or residents of Saudi Arabia have been allowed to carry out the Hajj resulting from continued considerations across the unfold of the coronavirus. It’s a far higher determine than final yr’s largely symbolic Hajj that noticed fewer than 1,000 individuals from throughout the kingdom participating.

 

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