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[Correspondence] Objection to chronic disease based restrictions during the Hajj

The call by Saber Yezli and colleagues (Feb 27, p 845)1 to restrict the Hajj pilgrimage based on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is extremely disturbing to many Muslims. The Hajj is a deep, spiritual journey mandatory to financially and physically able Muslims once in their life-time. Two-thirds of the Hajj pilgrims originate from developing countries who make life-long savings to achieve their spiritual objectives. Thus, for most pilgrims, the Hajj is feasible only in older age; 43% of pilgrims are 56 years of age or older.