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Your Hajj stories

Ellen Otzen | 14:55 UK time, Monday, 15 November 2010

Thousands of African Muslims are now in Mecca in Saudi Arabia for the annual pilgrimage known as the Hajj. 

Many Africans save money for years and travel thousands of miles to make it. So we'd like to hear your stories about going on the Hajj. What challenges did you overcome to get there and what was the experience like?

If you've tried to reach Mecca without success, what obstacles were in your path?

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  • Comment number 1.

    African are still slaves in their respective countries. While African originally has its indigenous religion they still waste millions on pilgrimage on Moslem & Christian missions. Yet the wallow in misrule, poverty, diseases & lack of basic infrastrutures. Both Christainity & Islam are imported religion & most Africans kill one another just misenterprented its doctrines. Today governments who can not feed its people or have good health care for the sick, sponsor hajj because government officials & states make billions of profit from Federal allocation. This is corruption & benefit from religious blesphemy.

  • Comment number 2.

    The Hajj Pilgrimage is a prestigious thing in Nigeria. Aside being one of the five major pillars of Islam, Nigerian moslems want to be addressed as Alhaji or Alhaja. And you don't get to be called such until you have gone and come back from Mecca.
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  • Comment number 3.

    I am totally frustrated over the so called Hajj committee in Liberia for the continue failure of the committee to send our people for Hajj after complete payment of your money and later learned that there was no flight or our people was rejected visa for Hajj and in this light, I am calling upon president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to regulate the issue of Hajj so that our people can have a timely Hajj or we will continue to have a setback each year and over 200 people did not make it to the Hajj this year due to poor preparation from the Hajj committee so we need reform now!!!!!!!!!
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  • Comment number 4.

    My Hajj experience was the most wonderful 23 days of my life. I truly came to appreciate the tremendous organization and administrative, supportive work that Saudi Government puts in to accommodate the millions of people who come for Hajj every day, in the prime three days the crowd swells to 6 million or more. May Allah Bless them, because all year round a minimum of a million and a half people are always there. I performed my second hajj in 2008, and the spiritual peace, the ease with which everything was arranged seemed like Allah kept sending some angels to clear the path, to make it easy for me. I pray that I can go again one day.

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  • Comment number 6.

    I am not too sure an undertaking of this nature will ever serve the number of persons wanting to go. I am not a Muslim and don't have interest in going to Mecca. What is troubling is the interpretation that religious leaders give to this event. For example, in Liberia and maybe in some part of the world, going to Mecca is the final effort that one has to make if he must see his maker (God), anyone hearing this will do that it takes to get there. So organizers use this event to extort money people who want to see God at all cost. I think the religious leaders are responsible for what is happening to African pilgrims. [Personal details removed by Moderator]

  • Comment number 7.

    It's unfortunate that our people can't get their way through to the Hajj
    this time, but I hope and pray heaven that they will all see God through

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