Future Heat Stress During Muslim Pilgrimage (Hajj) Projected to Exceed “Extreme Danger” Levels

image…Millions of Muslims participate in the Hajj each year, and those who are in good health and can afford it are obligated to participate in it at least once in their lifetime. The followers of Islam represent nearly one quarter of the world’s human population, and most of them aspire to perform Hajj as an important part of their faith, with their desire to participate becoming more urgent as their age advances (Gatrad & Sheikh, 2005). As a result, among the two to three million pilgrims participating in Hajj every year for 2 to 3 weeks, a disproportionate fraction is elderly coming from Muslim communities around the world and visits the holy sites…more:agubuos