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Hajj-Muslim pilgrims face losing out from online booking to Mecca

British Muslims hoping to make a pilgrimage to Mecca are at risk of losing thousands of pounds after the Saudi government has enforced online booking.

Pilgrims have been told to use a website to register their interest and that a draw will take place to choose who will go on Hajj.

Some have already booked with Hajj tour operators and could lose their money.

Hajj is a religious requirement for all Muslims who can afford it.

It is one of the five pillars of Islam along with five daily prayers, fasting, charity and a belief in God (Allah) and in Muhammad as a prophet.

The cost of the once in a lifetime trip varies from about £6,000 to more than £10,000 and many Muslims spend years saving up for it.


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