Why are Muslims finding it harder to complete the haj?

Source: The Economist:

THIS week Muslims from all over the world are in Saudi Arabia for the haj. The Koran says that all Islam’s followers who are physically and financially able should make the annual pilgrimage—one of five pillars of Islam—once in their lifetime. Pilgrims travel to Mecca to carry out a set of rituals that are associated with both the Prophet Muhammad and Abraham before him. These include circling anti-clockwise seven times around the Kaaba, the black cube that Muslims face to pray wherever they are in the world, and drinking from the Zamzam well, said to have sprung into being when Abraham’s wife, Hagar, was desperately seeking water for their son Ismail. This year many who had hoped to make the pilgrimage have been disappointed. Why?

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  1. First of all I would like to record my protest to the editorial team of Economist that whosoever wrote the article should had gone in to the details about Hajj. What ever has been stated as Hajj is not complete. For example it is not only seven rounds of House of God which is Hajj. Similarly drinking of Zamam water is not must to perform Hajj. As for difficulties to accommodate the increased number of visitors is concerned there can many measures which can regulate the flow of pilgrims. For example no repeater should be allowed etc. Similarly quotas as per age limits can be imposed. Since KSA rulers are more worried to save their monarch as such are not much interested to pay full attention to improve the administrative and organizational aspects of Hajj. Similarly the core philosophy of performing hajj has never been highlighted by any country or those concerned in KSA. Let us hope with passage of time all these aspects things will improve.

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