Yearly in the Hajj (journey to Mecca) dozens, if not hundreds of pilgrims die in accidents directly or indirectly related to this religious event. For Muslims, dying in the Hajj is a blessing and an honor for them from Allah. They believe that when a person dies in performing his Hajj duties, it is like being martyred in a holy war, “Jihad”, as a sacrifice. His soul will go directly to paradise and escape Allah’s judgment day. The Hajj to Ka’ba is the 5th Pillar of Islam. Muslims are obligated to perform it at least once in their life time, except if they have a financial or physical disability (out of Allah’s mercy for them).

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