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Muslims flood into Saudi as hajj nears

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia — Less than two weeks before the world’s largest annual gathering, 1.5 million Muslims from around the world have flooded into the holy cities of Mecca and Medina for the hajj pilgrimage. Coming by sea from east Africa, by land from the Gulf but mainly by air,

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Warning over Hajj cons

Manchester City Council is urging members of the Muslim community to be aware that fraudsters claiming to offer trips to Mecca for the Hajj pilgrimage. Cllr Nigel Murphy, executive member for the environment, said: “As thousands of British Muslims prepare to make their Hajj pilgrimage, we are urging the community

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Police and NFIB launch Hajj fraud campaign

Police and NFIB launch Hajj fraud campaign Police and the NFIB are joining forces with the Muslim community to stop the fraudsters who steal hundreds of thousands of pounds from pilgrims travelling to Mecca.  The criminals pose as legitimate travel operators, often offering discounts of up to 50 per cent

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Hajj travellers urged to plan for the unexpected

October 14, 2010  British Muslims due to participate in the Hajj are being advised to take heed of up-to-date travel advice before embarking on their trip. A Meningococcal Meningitis vaccination certificate is a compulsory visa requirement for the estimated 25,000 British Muslims expected to travel to the Hajj this year.

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Why do diseases love a good festival?

The location – the Saudi city of Jeddah – could not be more appropriate. It is the gateway for the millions who arrive in the country every year to perform the religious pilgrimage. The hajj is one of the largest, most frequent and most diverse mass gathering. It is also

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