Scandal of the hajj pilgrims who are cheated by devious tour operators

A journey to Mecca is a religious obligation for Muslims. But on their return to the UK, many have alarming stories to tell of how they have been ripped off

For Tariq Khan* and his family, the pilgrimage to Mecca should have been the trip of a lifetime. But after paying more than £16,000 to make the hajj they found themselves sharing a hotel bedroom with strangers and having to use squalid toilets and kitchens .

The family, from Rochdale in Greater Manchester, are among the latest group of people to return from the hajj complaining that they have been ripped-off by one of the many unscrupulous travel agents that appear to prey on the UK’s Muslim community.

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