(FILES) (COMBO) This file combination of photos created on March 07, 2020, shows a small crowd of worshippers around the sacred Kaaba in Mecca's Grand Mosque on March 7, 2020, and a large crowd during the pilgrimage, on August 13, 2019. Saudi Arabia's hajj minister asked Muslims on March 31, to temporarily defer preparations for the annual pilgrimage, after the suspension earlier this month of the year-round "umrah" visits over fears of the new coronavirus spreading to Islam's holiest cities, an unprecedented move that raised uncertainty over the annual hajj. / AFP / Abdel Ghani BASHIR
This file combination of photos shows a small crowd of worshippers around the sacred Kaaba in Makkah's Grand Mosque on March 7, 2020, and a large crowd during the pilgrimage, on August 13, 2019. AFP

Ramadan, Hajj and coronavirus: Matters of health versus faith