More Danes making the pilgrimage to Mecca

Aarhus imam says that interest in the Hajj is growing

Today marks the start of the Hajj, the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca. Millions of Muslims from around the world flock to the holy city to fulfill one of the five pillars of Islam. Every adult Muslim is required to make the journey once in their lifetime if they are physically and financially able to do so.

Imam Radwan Mansour from Aarhus said that interest in making the trip is growing among Denmark’s 230,000 Muslims.

“I see an increasing number wanting to make the journey,” he told Dr Nyheder.

Prayer quotas
An estimated 2.5 million Muslims will descend on Mecca during the Hajj this year. The influx in recent years has been so great that limits have been set as to how many may attend.

“Saudi authorities have set quotas allowing each country to send a maximum of five percent of its Muslim population and the pilgrims must be at least 40 years old,” said Mansour.

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The estimated cost for a Danish Muslim to make the Hajj is 30,000 kroner, and approximately 600 Danish Muslims will travel to Mecca this year.