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Ailing pilgrims' desire to die during Haj creating health issues for others
Saturday September 20, 2014 2:33 PM, Staff Writer

Concerns are raised over the increasing number of pilgrims arriving in Saudi Arabia's with chronic or serious health problems wishing to die in the Holy Cities so as to secure a place in the heaven.

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Speaking to Arab News, Abdallah Al-Asiri, the deputy minister for preventive health, said many Muslims in different parts of the world strongly believe that death during Haj or in holy cities would give them a place in heaven.

“Unfortunately, many pilgrims believe that their sickness could result in their death during the pilgrimage, which can give them a place in heaven,” he said.

“This is sheer nonsense and nothing else, and Islam doesn’t allow anyone to get intentionally involved into a dangerous situation,” he said.

“The misconception that death in holy cities is heavenly is one of the reasons that aged and chronic patients are coming for Haj in increasing numbers,” the minister said.

"This belief is making them hide their health problems as they arrive with determination to undertake the pilgrimage", he said.

“Haj is mandatory for Muslims if they are physically and financially able. However, many pilgrims are ignoring the stipulation, which is a matter of concern", he said.

Such pilgrims are posing a health hazard for others and also putting pressure on the health facilities in the holy cities.

He urged scholars in different countries to promote Islamic teachings, which clearly specify physical ability as a condition for performing Haj.

Al-Asiri said that hospitals in Mina, Arafat, as well as in Makkah and Madinah are treating patients with utmost care.

“Most of them suffering from chronic illnesses,” he said.

He said the Health Ministry has intensified its surveillance of pilgrims for Ebola and MERS.

“Our preventive health system is the best in the world,” he said. “We have made elaborate arrangements for isolating suspected cases.”

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