Going on a pilgrimage

A Southampton-based Muslim tells us his experiences from Hajj.
For Muslims its the journey of a lifetime.  Well is more than a journey its a pilgrimage undertaken both as an obligation and a joy of their faith.

The annual Hajj is underway that sees literally millions of Muslims from around the world converge on the holy city of Mecca.

Arshad Sharif has made the pilgrimage.
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Saudi Arabia 'could block Nigerians from Hajj'

Muslim pilgrims circumambulate the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca on 3 September 2017 during the annual Hajj pilgrimage
More than 90,000 Nigerian Muslims reportedly went on the pilgrimage last year

Saudi authorities are threatening to bar Nigerians from attending this year's pilgrimage to Mecca over fears they could spread Lassa fever, Nigeria's National Hajj Commission has said.

Since the start of the year the disease has killed at least 90 people in Nigeria and more than 1,000 cases have been reported across the country.

Symptoms of Lassa fever can include fever, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, headaches, abdominal pains, sore throat and facial swelling.

The virus is passed to people who eat infected rats, or if food is contaminated by rat droppings or urine. It can also be transmitted through contact with body fluids of an infected person.

A spokesman for Nigeria's Hajj commission, Mousa Ubandawaki, says they are responding to the threat by holding "an expanded meeting" on Wednesday with "all officials from the 36 states, the commission and officials of the federal government to discuss the matter".

The Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia will take place in August this year.

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A number of women have taken to social media to say they've been sexually assaulted during the Hajj pilgrimage.