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For Illegal Pilgrims in Mecca, God's Blessings Transcend Secular Law

Fear of getting caught is not enough to deter Abu Ahmed and up to 200,000 other illegal pilgrims from attending this year's haj in Mecca, despite a clampdown by the Saudi authorities aimed at preventing deadly overcrowding. The haj, which every able-bodied Muslim is required to perform, is believed to forgive the sins of a lifetime and leads the most zealous to seek to perform the rite repeatedly. Saudi regulations limit visits to once every five years for the most likely group of...

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