Makkah: After Saudi Arabia suspended the year-round \u201cumrah\u201d pilgrimage, Muslims all over the world are speculating that the outbreak of coronavirus may impact the annual Hajj pilgrimage too. \n\n\n\nHajj 2020: Uncertainty prevails\n\n\n\nRecently, Saudi Arabia\u2019s Hajj Minister had also asked Muslims to temporarily defer preparations for the annual pilgrimage amid uncertainty over the coronavirus pandemic. \n\n\n\n\nhttps:\/\/twitter.com\/Spa_Eng\/status\/1245118507756503045\n\n\n\n\nHowever, the authorities of Saudi Arabia are yet to announce whether they will proceed with this year\u2019s Hajj, scheduled for the end of July. \n\n\n\nIf the authorities decide to suspend Hajj this year, it will not be first time when the pilgrimage was disrupted. \n\n\n\nEarlier too, Hajj pilgrimage was disrupted due to various reasons. \n\n\n\nHere is the history of disruptions \n\n\n\n930 AD: Hajj was suspended for 10 years after Shite Qarmatians attacked pilgrims. \n\n\n\n968 AD: The pilgrimage was suspended due to the outbreak of disease. \n\n\n\n1000 AD: High cost of living kept Egyptians away from Hajj. \n\n\n\n1029 AD: Pilgrims from Egypt and East did not come to perform Hajj. \n\n\n\n1030 AD: Partial suspension of Hajj. \n\n\n\n1039 AD: Iraqis, Egyptians, north Arabians did not perform Hajj due to fear and insecurity. \n\n\n\n1099 AD: Muslims failed to reach Makkah due to conflict across Muslim world. \n\n\n\n1168 AD: Egytians did not perform Hajj. \n\n\n\n1256-1260 AD: Due to tensions and conflicts, no one out Hijaz region performed Hajj. \n\n\n\n1798-1801 AD: Muslims did not perform Hajj due to Napolean's Egypt and Syria campaigns. \n\n\n\nIt may be noted that Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) had said, "if you hear of an outbreak of a plague in a land, do not enter it". \n\n\n\nPrecautionary measures\n\n\n\nAfter the outbreak of coronavirus, Saudi Arabia had suspended prayers inside all its mosques except the two holiest sites in Islam as it increased efforts to contain the new coronavirus. \n\n\n\nIt had also taken many other precautionary measures such as banning international travels, lockdowns, curfews etc.