The Reading / Listening - Hajj - Level 5

The annual Hajj is taking place in the sacred city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The pilgrimage is the most important event in the Muslim calendar. It can last six days and is a mandatory religious duty for Muslims. All adult Muslims should attend Hajj once in their lifetime. They must be physically and financially capable of going on the journey and must be able to support their family during their absence. This year's Hajj has been scaled down because of measures for coronavirus. The pandemic has postponed numerous events. This has caused disappointment for pilgrims.



The Saudi Ministry of Hajj announced it was greatly limiting the number of pilgrims allowed to enter the holy site this year. Officials said they wanted to avoid any outbreaks of COVID-19 and lower the risk of infection. Many Muslim-majority countries have cancelled pilgrimages to Mecca. This means Mecca will get a tiny fraction of the two million Hajj pilgrims it usually receives. This year, just a few thousand Saudi Arabian citizens can attend. The news did not upset twenty-two-time pilgrim Wafa Shaheen. She said: "I know there are plenty of ways to take advantage of this precious spiritual time."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Hajj - Level 4 or  Hajj - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.arabnews.com/node/1711031/saudi-arabia
  • https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/hajj-2020-latest-updates-as-the-pilgrimage-begins-1.1055536
  • https://gulfnews.com/world/gulf/saudi/haj-2020-pilgrims-from-160-nationalities-set-to-perform-rituals-1.72803704
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hajj


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. The annual Hajj is taking place
  2. The pilgrimage is the most
  3. a mandatory religious
  4. attend Hajj once in their
  5. They must be physically and
  6. because of measures
  7. The pandemic has postponed numerous
  8. This has caused disappointment
  1. for pilgrims
  2. duty
  3. financially capable
  4. events
  5. for coronavirus
  6. in the sacred city
  7. lifetime
  8. important event

Paragraph 2

  1. The Saudi Ministry of Hajj
  2. greatly limiting the
  3. enter the holy
  4. they wanted to avoid any
  5. lower the risk
  6. get a tiny
  7. twenty-two-
  8. take advantage of this precious
  1. time pilgrim
  2. outbreaks
  3. spiritual time
  4. announced it was
  5. fraction
  6. number of pilgrims
  7. of infection
  8. site

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The annual Hajj is taking place in (1) ___________________ of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The pilgrimage is the most important event in the Muslim calendar. It can last six days and (2) ___________________ religious duty for Muslims. All adult Muslims should attend Hajj once (3) ___________________. They must be physically and financially capable of going on the journey and must be (4) ___________________ their family during their absence. This year's Hajj has (5) ___________________ because of measures for coronavirus. The pandemic (6) ___________________ events. This has caused disappointment for pilgrims.

The Saudi Ministry of Hajj announced it (7) ___________________ the number of pilgrims allowed to enter (8) ___________________ this year. Officials said they wanted to avoid any outbreaks of COVID-19 and lower the (9) ___________________. Many Muslim-majority countries have cancelled pilgrimages to Mecca. This means Mecca will get (10) ___________________ of the two million Hajj pilgrims it usually receives. This year, just a few thousand Saudi Arabian (11) ___________________. The news did not upset twenty-two-time pilgrim Wafa Shaheen. She said: "I know there are plenty of ways to take advantage of this (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheannualHajjistakingplaceinthesacredcityofMecca,SaudiArabia.Th
epilgrimageisthemostimportanteventintheMuslimcalendar.Itcanlas
tsixdaysandisamandatoryreligiousdutyforMuslims.AlladultMuslimss
houldattendHajjonceintheirlifetime.Theymustbephysicallyandfinan
ciallycapableofgoingonthejourneyandmustbeabletosupporttheirfa
milyduringtheirabsence.Thisyear'sHajjhasbeenscaleddownbecause
ofmeasuresforcoronavirus.Thepandemichaspostponednumerousev
ents.Thishascauseddisappointmentforpilgrims.TheSaudiMinistryof
Hajjannounceditwasgreatlylimitingthenumberofpilgrimsallowedtoe
ntertheholysitethisyear.Officialssaidtheywantedtoavoidanyoutbrea
ksofCOVID-19andlowertheriskofinfection.ManyMuslim-majorityco
untrieshavecancelledpilgrimagestoMecca.ThismeansMeccawillgeta
tinyfractionofthetwomillionHajjpilgrimsitusuallyreceives.Thisyear,j
ustafewthousandSaudiArabiancitizenscanattend.Thenewsdidnotup
settwenty-two-timepilgrimWafaShaheen.Shesaid:"Iknowthereare
plentyofwaystotakeadvantageofthispreciousspiritualtime."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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