Hajj and Umrah, 2013

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Source: CDC

The annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, is among the largest mass gatherings in the world. This year, it will take place from approximately October 13 to 18. Hajj draws about 3 million Muslims from around the world, and more than 11,000 Americans make the pilgrimage each year.

Umrah is a similar pilgrimage that can be undertaken at any time of the year, but it is likely to be more crowded during the month of Ramadan (approximately July 9 to August 7, 2013) than at other times of the year.

Because of the crowds, mass gatherings such as Hajj and Umrah are associated with unique health risks.

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)

MERS is a respiratory illness that has sickened a number of people in the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia. Most people who got sick with MERS had severe illness with fever, cough, and shortness of breath. A majority of fatal cases of MERS have occurred among patients with underlying medical conditions.

Because of the risk of MERS, the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health has recommended that the following groups should postpone their plans for Hajj and Umrah this year:

  • People over 65 years old
  • Children under 12 years old
  • Pregnant women
  • People with chronic diseases (such as heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes, or respiratory disease)
  • People with weakened immune systems
  • People with cancer or terminal illnesses

CDC encourages pilgrims traveling to Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj or Umrah to consider this advice. Pilgrims who are concerned about MERS should discuss their travel plans with their doctor.

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  1. In the Name of Allah Most Beneficent and Most Merciful

    GLOBAL AWARENESS CAMPAIGN FOR HUJJAJ-E-IKRAM

    USE OF MOBILE PHONE (CELLULAR) IN HARMAIN SHAREEFAIN
    FOR PROTECT THE SANCTITY OF HARMAIN SHAREEFAIN

    As’Salâm Alaikum Wa’Rahmatullâhi Wa’Barakâtuh

    By the grace of Almighty Allah the Global Awareness Campaign for misuse of Cellular Mobile Phones in Harmain Shareefain has been successfully completed in the month of Ramadan this year. I hope you will do your best for the promotion of this Awareness Campaign in forthcoming Hajj.

    (I earnestly request you to please show the messages in front of your facebook/websites till the Hajj season) “As you know more than 2.5 million pilgrims gathered in Makkah for Hajj. Most of the pilgrims use different musical tones in mobile phone when receiving calls in Al-Haram Al-Sharif’s other pilgrims get disturbed in their prayers. This act is unethical and unacceptable for Muslim and against the respect of Al-Haram Al-Sharif’s”.

    MESSAGE IN ARABIC, ENGLISH, AND URDU LANGUAGES:
    English:
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    Arabic:
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    Urdu:
    http://postimage.org/image/60v5ystx5/

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