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أٌرسل في سبتمبر 28, 2016 في English Arts, مميز | تعليقات (0)

It Is Not About Hajj

It Is Not About Hajj

The Islamic pilgrimage season, known as Hajj, which extended over the course of the first week of September, was “very successful” this year, according to Saudi officials who stressed that the holy event saw no security breaches. In an emailed statement from Tayseer Al Mufarraj, the official spokesperson for Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Statistics (GaStat), some 1.86 million pilgrims—1.32 million of them arriving in Makkah from across the globe—performed Hajj rituals peacefully. The percentage of non-Saudi pilgrims, according to GaStat was around 71 percent, none of whom came from Iran. Iran had expressed fear for the lives of its nationals who wished to take part in this year’s Hajj, after hundreds of Iranian pilgrims were killed in the Hajj Stampede incident in 2015, which claimed the lives of over 2,000 pilgrims. Using the 2015 Hajj incident as an excuse, Tehran banned its nationals from travelling across the Gulf waters to Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj, one of Islam’s five pillars. However, Iranians living abroad as foreign citizens were...

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