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At least 80 Muslims who participated in the annual hajj pilgrimage in Islam’s holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia over the weekend died.
A Saudi Arabian hospital was also treating six Malaysian pilgrims in critical condition as of Monday, the Malay Mail reported.
Fuziah - Salleh - Deputy - Minister - Malaysia
Fuziah Salleh, the deputy minister in Malaysia’s Prime Minister’s Department, indicated that “most” of the sick pilgrims “had critical illnesses such as heart problems, infection of the lungs and tuberculosis, and were in a coma.”
“They had illnesses brought from Malaysia and a history of sickness, apart from the challenging surroundings here and reduced immune system,” Salleh added.
Fatalities - Reasons - Conditions
Many of the fatalities resulted from similar reasons and conditions.
Although most of the hajj-linked deaths originated from Muslim-majority countries, Muslims from predominantly Catholic Philippines also perished.
News - Outlets - Governments - Adherents - Philippines
Local news outlets learned from their respective governments that Islam adherents from the Philippines (5), Nigeria (9), Malaysia (9) Turkey (28), and Bangladesh (29) died during the holy Muslim event.
Nearly half (about 52 percent) of the Nigerian population is Muslim while the remaining portion is mostly Christian, according to the CIA World Factbook.
Year - Hajj - Friday - Sunday
This year’s hajj reportedly began on Friday and ended Sunday.
The Manila Bulletin reported Tuesday, “Another Filipino pilgrim died Monday in Saudi Arabia, bringing to five the number of deaths among over 7,000 Philippine hajj goers this year.”
Monday - Dr - Ibrahim - Kana - Chairman
On Monday, Dr. Ibrahim Kana, the chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria’s (NAHCON), reportedly revealed that nine...
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