Muslims pray during the Friday prayer service in Moscow, Aug. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Your feedback is important to us!
We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.
Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.
Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (http://bit.ly/vDisqus)
The plunge in the ruble currency is making Russians' travels abroad hugely more expensive.Islam's hajj pilgrimage, which all Muslims are obliged to carry out at least once, begins Sept. 21 and due to the ruble's slump in currency markets now costs almost as much as the average annual salary in some of Russia's often poor Muslim regions.The result is that this year little more than 12,000 pilgrims from Russia will go to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, compared to more than 20,000 in recent years, says Rushan Abbyasov, the deputy chairman of the Council of Muftis, Russia's top Islamic authority.Russia usually has to turn applicants away due to high demand.Pilgrims from Russia will typically pay around $3,000 for a travel package including flights and accommodation. Average wages there totaled 234,000 rubles ($3,470) over the 12 months to June, according to Russia's state statistics agency.Abbyasov says that the Russian government, charities and Muslim businessmen are helping to fund pilgrimages.
FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE