Disorder Disturbs Algerian Pilgrims

date 2017/09/10 views 661 comments 0

icon-writer Nadia Slimani / English version: Dalila Henache

Leaders of the social networks are divided, since the return of the Algerian pilgrims to two teams, a group that denounced the complaints of the pilgrims and their discontent.

They completely ignored what they live from spiritual positions to encourage others to do Hajj, and another group defended the complainants, saying that they were paying huge sums for a service that did not live up to the level.

Algerian pilgrims complained about the poor organization of the diaries of pilgrimage in recent years, as the follower of the statements of the returnees to the homeland recently, notes their ongoing complaints, from eating, drinking and hotels to the fatigue and even overcrowding Arafa sites.

These complaints were denounced by many Algerians, who held a simple comparison between today's pilgrims and pilgrims in the past years, and concluding that some pilgrims who traveled more than five times, are looking for prestige and luxury when performing Hajj, even though this great rite of origin carries hardships, this is why Allah allowed it only for those who can perform pilgrimage.

Many comments of social networks attributed this anarchy to the tyranny of the material aspect, at the expense of the spiritual pilgrimage.

A commentator on Facebook recalls a day when his grandmother returned from performing Hajj in the 80s saying: "My grandmother was 73 years old, sick with stress and diabetes. She sold her gold and livestock for Hajj expenses, and despite her suffering there, she was very happy. She told us about the tomb of the Prophet Mohamed, peace be upon him, and the foreign pilgrims, and even the bathroom there talked, and she did not complain about anything...".

Another commentator, confirmed that his father told him that he was breaking fast with dates and drunk from Zamzam water, and that he spent all his time in the grand mosque of Mecca, and that he had no time to talk to anyone.

Another person said: "I remember when my mother returned from the Hajj in 2001, all her stories were about the Saudis who were sitting in front of the Haram with their hands cut, because of the implementation of the retribution, and how the shops remain open at the time of prayer, and for the first time she saw pilgrims from China, Japan and Africa ..."

Most of the complaints, according to commentators, come from the "pilgrims", whose number reached 1,400 pilgrims this year, so why do they protest every time and then complain?, some people wonder about that.

Another group defended the pilgrims, asserting that they are paying dear and generous to perform the duty, to be surprised by poor services.

National Coordinator of the Imams' Syndicate, Djalloul Hadjemi, told Echorouk in a phone interview, that the pilgrim must be honest in his speech, and honesty requires mentioning his troubles and disorder. 

"Pilgrimage in the past is not like the pilgrimage of recent years. Today, with the mass media, it is impossible to hide what is happening in the holy sites", Hadjimi says.

The Imam of the Fath Mosque in Algiers Cheragua, Mohamed Al-Amine Nasri, said that Hajj is not a paradise as some people imagine, but rather a "Jihad without a weapon", even if there is a lack of organization, the great responsibility is borne by the pilgrims with negative behavior, then the ministry".

"Even in our mosques, we see negative behavior of some worshipers." 

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