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April 5, 2007 4:55 PM Subscribe
How do they tell if you're a Muslim if you want to go on the hajj or umra to Mecca and Medina?
posted by champthom to Travel & Transportation (20 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
One of the places I wish I could see before I die is Mecca and Medina, as the Kabbah and the Prophet's Mosque do look pretty impressive. Of course, I as a non-Muslim cannot enter the holy cities.
But I looked at the hajj visa requirements
. Unless I was a convert, which would require a certificate, there's apparently no way of verifying if someone is a Muslim is not. I could just say I'm a Muslim and as long as I meet all the other requirements (i.e. proof of reservations for hotels and airfare, vaccines, etc.), and I'd be in.
Anyways, my question is - is there anything stopping me from pulling a Sir Richard Burton
and pretending to be a Muslim to go on the hajj? How the heck do they check that?