The Hajj: An environmental perspective
November 9th, 2011
10:45 AM ET

Holy cities face threat from polluting pilgrims

By George Webster, CNN

(CNN) - An estimated 2.5 million pilgrims have descended on the city of Mecca for the Islamic Hajj, said to be the largest annual gathering of people in the world.

Every fit and able Muslim is obliged by their faith to make the journey at least once in their lifetime. But with the rising threat of climate change, there are now calls for both pilgrims and authorities in Mecca to reduce the environmental damage wrought by this yearly influx of travelers.

"Everyone arrives at the same time, at exactly the same place, and every year there are more and more people," said Dr Husna Ahmed, principal author of "The Green Guide for Hajj," a booklet promoting ecologically-sustainable practices among Hajj pilgrims, released earlier this week.

Read the full story on the environmental impact of the Hajj.
- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Environment • Islam

soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Pravda

    Look at all those future (or current!) terrorists in the photo above. And they are worried about a little garbage laying around at the Hajj? What about all the bombs set off by Islam terrorists? That must affect the carbon footprint some...

    November 10, 2011 at 9:56 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Learn to respect my relgion, don't come here and spread hatred, bigot.

      November 11, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  2. Tuesday is Soylent Green Day

    Say, Ahmed, have you seen a toilet around here?

    Uh, never mind. It's all good.

    Leave it to the muslims to turn Mecca into a sewer...

    November 10, 2011 at 3:55 am |
    • Ahmed

      Thanks a lot. I just stepped in your 'carbon footprint.'

      November 10, 2011 at 3:58 am |
    • tallulah13

      Excuse me, have you ever been to Mecca to comment on Mecca? My family and I are deeply hurt by your thoughtless and rude comments.

      November 11, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  3. Alien Orifice

    Hey Ya'll, HeavenSent thinks that children who are molested by pedophiles deserve it! Who wants to jump on the HeavenSent bandwagon?? Those damn kids, they are just asking for it!! Right??

    November 10, 2011 at 12:36 am |
    • tallulah13

      Did you even bother to read this article? it is about our holy city .

      November 11, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  4. Raka

    Atheists are idiots. Moving on.

    November 9, 2011 at 11:16 pm |
    • Alien Orifice

      Moving on to where Raka? Why are Athiests Idiots. Please explain your post.

      November 9, 2011 at 11:41 pm |
    • Alien Orifice


      November 9, 2011 at 11:45 pm |
  5. Alien Orifice

    On 11/9/2011, HeavenSent said the following to me:


    He skated around the question because he knows I've got him figured out. Anywho, he probably deserved what happened to him.


    She was referring to the fact that I was se xually molested by a pedophile when I was 12 years old.

    I bring this to your attention because at one time, I thought HeavenSent was just a harmless old hag mad at the world. Now I realize she is far stranger. Perhaps dangerous.

    No sane or decent person would make that kind of statement. I encourage you not to engage HeavenSent in conversation. In my opinion, she has clearly crossed the line. She is IN FACT a nut case.

    My opinion only, but that is exactly what she said and that is really creepy. You be the judge.

    November 9, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
    • Raka

      Oh cry about it. You've posted this in another article. Crybaby.

      November 9, 2011 at 11:17 pm |
  6. Pravda

    Muslim destroy things, it is what they are best at doing. They hand out "The Green Guide for Hajj" and "Terror Bombing for fun and profit" at every Hajj....

    November 9, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Muslims don't destroy things, we are a peaceful people and love to pray.

      November 11, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  7. Pravda

    CNN should be renamed to MNN, the Muslim news network. You can't find this many Muslim news stories anywhere else outside Saudi Arabia...

    November 9, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
    • Alien Orifice

      And here you are, flocking to them.

      November 9, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  8. HeavenSent

    Pray that they all find Jesus or else their souls will not have eternal life in Heaven.


    November 9, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Come to Mecca and find peace. I pray to allah everyday, that I will find a job soon.

      November 11, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  9. hippypoet

    i think picking up after yourself should be a tenet in every ideaology! otherwise the very clear end to litter is a world that lives in sh!t !

    November 9, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
    • Alien Orifice

      I think you should try doing some actual work for a living.

      November 9, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  10. Willie the Pimp

    I have never trusted pilgrims.

    November 9, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
  11. Reality

    Islam itself as with all religions pollutes our intelligence.

    Elimnating the Islamic factor in said pollution in five easy steps:

    (developed by yours truly based on the studies of Armstrong, Rushdie, Hirsi Ali, Richardson and Imam Bayhaqi)

    The Five Steps To Deprogram 1400 Years of Islamic Myths:
    ( –The Steps take less than two minutes to finish- simply amazing, two minutes to bring peace and rationality to over one billion lost souls- Priceless!!!)

    Are you ready?

    Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs.

    The First Five of the 77 Branches:

    "1. Belief in Allah"

    aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your self-cleansing neurons.

    "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

    Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

    "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

    A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

    "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

    Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

    Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

    Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

    "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him)
    Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.

    Walk these Five Steps and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!

    Unfortunately, there are not many Muslim commentators/readers on this blog so the "two-minute" cure is not getting to those who need it. If you have a Muslim friend, send him a copy and help save the world.

    Analogous steps are available at your request for deprogramming the myths of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Paganism..

    November 9, 2011 at 11:40 am |
    • Pravda

      Blah, blah, blah, same post different day....

      November 9, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
    • Reality

      Reiteration is important to education.

      November 9, 2011 at 11:47 pm |
  12. Chuckles

    So wait, the muslims are trying to destroy the world using global warming.....?

    Clever, very clever.....

    November 9, 2011 at 11:14 am |
    • HeavenSent

      There is nothing funny about this. They are in conflict with Christianity.


      November 9, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
    • Larryb

      So are many, many christians. Hint hint

      November 10, 2011 at 11:18 am |
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