For his part, Dr. Abbas Shoman, the former deputy undersecretary of Al-Azhar and supervisor of the fatwa, said that the decision of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is in the interest of Muslims, and to ensure the health and safety of pilgrims.Shoman continued, in press statements after Saudi Arabia announced today, Saturday, the regulations for Hajj for the current year, saying that the continuation of the new Corona virus crisis, for the second year in a row, requires the Saudi leadership to preserve the lives of Muslims and not endanger them, and that the Kingdom does not delay serving Muslims. Whether on the pilgrimage or otherwise.
The former Al-Azhar representative pointed to the agreement of all religious institutions inside and outside Egypt that Saudi Arabia does not hesitate to provide services to all Muslims, stressing that the Kingdom acts out of responsibility and in accordance with the controls and procedures set by health scientists, and that Saudi Arabia has sufficient experience to organize Hajj in full numbers, had it not been The crisis of the spread of the Corona virus that imposed itself on the whole world.
In a related context, Dr. Shawki Allam, the Grand Mufti of the Republic, praised, in an official statement today, Saudi Arabia’s decision to organize Hajj in limited numbers this year due to the Corona pandemic, and said that it is a wise decision that achieves the purposes of Sharia with self-preservation, especially in light of the accelerating spread of this epidemic.
The Grand Mufti of the Republic added: The decision of the authorities of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to conduct Hajj this year in limited numbers of citizens and residents inside the Kingdom to confront the spread of the Corona virus is in accordance with the provisions and purposes of Islamic Sharia to preserve the lives and safety of pilgrims and guests of Rahman.
Allam also called on all countries of the world to fully cooperate and unite to confront this dangerous epidemic, and work to confront it as soon as possible.
And Dr. Muhammad Mukhtar Jumaa, Minister of Awqaf, announced his support for Saudi Arabia’s decision to limit the Hajj this year to limited numbers of citizens and residents inside the Kingdom, taking into account the purpose of preserving lives in the shadow of Corona.
The Minister of Awqaf wrote, through his official page on the social networking sites Facebook and Twitter: “I support and salute the decision of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to limit the Hajj this year to limited numbers of citizens and residents inside the Kingdom, taking into account the purpose of preserving lives in light of the Corona pandemic.”
For its part, the Al-Azhar International Center for Electronic Fatwa confirmed its support for Saudi Arabia’s decision and the controls it has set for Hajj this year in light of the Corona pandemic, explaining that there are 4 acts that modify the reward of Hajj and Umrah.
Al-Azhar Center for Fatwa explained these actions as follows:
1. sincere intention and determination to Hajj and Umrah when facilitating: so business that modifies the reward for the reward for Hajj and Umrah for saying – peace be upon him: «.. but lower for the four men, Abdul living God money and note he fears the Lord, and reaches the mercy, and knows God it really, this is the best houses, and Abdul living God note and did not give him money is true faith, he says: if my money to have worked doing so and so is the structure Vojarhama both, and Abdullah living money and did not give him note, he is floundering in his wealth without knowledge, not fear where his Lord, and do not reach the mercy, and God knows it really, it Bokhbut houses, Abdullah did not give him money or note, he says that if I worked in it for the money doing so and so is the structure Vozarhma both ». [أخرجه الترمذي]
The meaning: that the servant with his sincere intention obtains the reward of worship that he was unable to perform, or a barrier prevented him from performing it, and Hajj and Umrah are among these acts of worship.
2- Honoring one’s parents: the reward for honoring one’s parents and being kind to them is like the reward of Hajj and Umrah A man came to the Messenger of God – may God’s prayers and peace be upon him – and said: I desire jihad, and I am not able to do it. He said: my mother. [أخرجه البيهقي في شُعب الإيمان].
3- The Duha prayer after the dawn prayer in congregation: The Prophet – may God’s prayers and peace be upon him – explained the reward of the dhikr and the Qur’an sitting after the dawn prayer until sunrise, and the Duha prayer after sunrise about a third of an hour, and he told that its reward is the same as the reward of Hajj and Umrah, so he said – peace and blessings be upon him -: «Whoever prays Fajr in congregation, then sits remembering Allah until the sun, then prayed two, was a reward like an argument, and Umrah, complete, complete, complete», [أخرجه الترمذي], but with taking all preventive measures against the Corona virus, and maintaining safe distances.
4. prayer written performance in the mosque said – peace be upon him: «who came out of his house, purified to a prayer written adulteress reward like Haj Muharram, and came out to praise Duha not appoint him but Him immoral reward like the pilgrim, and prayers on the effect of prayer is not chitchat between them A book in Illiyan, [أخرجه أبو داود], but with taking all preventive measures against the Corona virus, and maintaining safe distances.