Al Azhar praises Saudi temporary suspension of Umrah visas over coronavirus fears

Al Azhar hailed Thursday Saudi Arabia’s decision to temporarily suspend all the Umrah and visitor visas in a precautionary measure against the spread of coronavirus.

Such decision has its religious justification, as warding off harm takes precedence over attaining benefits, Al Azhar stressed in a statement.

Al Azhar highlighted its support to such a decision that is aimed at protecting pilgrims and all peoples from diseases and epidemics.

Late yesterday day, Saudi Arabia temporarily suspended entry visas for individuals seeking to perform Umrah pilgrimage or visiting the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah, as well as tourists traveling from countries where the coronavirus poses a risk as determined by the Kingdom’s health authorities.

The new precautions are based on the recommendations of the competent health authorities to apply the highest precautionary standards and take proactive preventive measures to prevent the emergence of the coronavirus in the Kingdom and its spread, the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Twitter.

Source: State Information Service Egypt