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More than 6.5 million Umrah permits issued in Ramadan

More than 6.5 million Umrah permits were issued during the holy month of Ramadan.

The permits allow Muslims to perform Umrah or lesser pilgrimage at the Grand Mosque in Mecca.

Ramadan, which ended earlier this week, is usually the peak season for Umrah rituals and visiting the Prophet Mohammad’s Mosque in Medina.

Performing prayers at the Grand Mosque, Islam’s holiest site, does not require a permit, while an official permit is still mandatory for undertaking Umrah.

The ministry said on Twitter that around 146,736 permits were issued during the lunar month for Muslim men and 116,045 for women to visit Al Rawdah Al Sharifa where the burial place of the Prophet Mohammad, peace be upon him, is located at his mosque in Medina.

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