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Record Numbers At The Barack Obama Inaugural Hajj

by | 7th, December 2008

BARACK Obama’s inauguration looms and they’re expecting record numbers for the Hajj .

Saudi Arabia is preparing for a record turnout at the annual Hajj pilgrimage.

More than 100,000 security guards have been deployed to cope with the three million people expected in the city of Mecca, when the Islamic pilgrimage gets under way on Saturday.

As J-Walk says: “Coincidentally, that’s the same number of people expected for the Obama inauguration.”

The non-believers will lap this up

Sami Zeidan, Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Mecca, said that people were making last minute attempts to get into the city before the ceremony begins. He said that the authorities have attempted to uphold their declaration of “no permit, no Hajj” to control the number of people in Mecca and prevent overcrowding.

There is also the possibility of attacks and stampedes as the pilgrims move among holy sites in the city for five days.

It’s the Barack Obama

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