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Reduce Health Risk At Pilgrimage Sites: Healthy Ways to Stay Safe

by Shahid Raza Digital Marketing Expert

Tim Kin is a manager at Target Store. After spending more than 17 years of his life he decided this is the right time to go and perform his religious duty has been forced to neglect due to worldly obligations. 

But guess what happens next? Once he reaches the pilgrimage site, on the second day he is seen puking his guts out and look physically tired. He got cold sweats and well got severely sick that he had to be hospitalized. 


His sins are getting to him now!” one shared a suspicion. 

He should have visited the place sooner, now it's all in vain!” some regretted that he got sick at such holy journey and some even remarked sadly, “His time has come


The doctor had to intervene among the superstitious junkies and informed the group in the most professional way possible, "He ate an under cooked meal in the morning, and the water he had wasn't pure enough. That's all".


“Health is not valued till sickness arrives”

Much to resignation of the crowd, how many times have you heard similar news of your loved ones when they go on a pilgrimage? Why do they get sick all of a sudden?

People seem to forget that when it comes to traveling you have to be careful and take some serious precautions. For instance, if a Muslim buys a hajj package from a travel agency, then it's the foremost duty of the travel agent to guide the customer properly about the health risks and how to be safe from them. 

Traveling is good for the body and mind but you have to look out for certain things to make sure to have a good traveling experience. 


Let's take a brief look at ways to protect yourself from getting sick while performing religious duties. 

  1. Personal hygiene and cleanliness

You will be surprised to know personal hygiene is poorly practiced. In winters, one tends to leave without taking a shower and that sounds okay for a day I guess, but going without showers or not getting rid of unwanted hair on your body (in the long run) will leave a thorough impact on your health while traveling. 

However, if you face a situation where taking a bath becomes questionable, do remember to keep sanitizers or other disinfectants with you at all times. Make sure your oral hygiene is paid attention to. Using mouthwash is perfect if you have misplaced the toothbrush. See, it's not much but still, you need to take precautions as pilgrimage sites are holy and pure.

  1. Barber precaution 

In the majority of religious duties and steps, it is observed, hair cutting or shaving beard or your entire head as a ritual. If you are brave enough, you can do it on your own, if you got the proper shaving kit with you or professional scissors.

But in cases, where you are obliged to trim your hair closer to the scalp, make sure that the shaving blade or even scissors being used are sterilized (yes scissors also are sterilized, no big surprise there).

With the rampage of diseases being transferred thanks to the equipment made of metal or steel, ask your barber to disinfect it properly. Of course, a regular barber knows your concern for your well being. But at pilgrimage places, such precautions are implied as secondary importance - and don't forget the mass of crowds waiting patiently for their turns. So if you do carry your own kit, you can ask the barber to use it on you and vice versa.

  1. Watch your mouth

Trying new recipes on traveling may not turn out to be a good idea for many, especially in the case if you have a high rate of stomach sensitivity (like Tim Kin).

All FMCG products are labeled with the expiry tag or if not then manufactured tag is printed on the product's packaging. Make sure to verify the expiry dates before buying any canned items. Restaurants serving mouthwatering meals can also be prone to germs if culinary is not properly washed or cleaned.

Make sure your silverware look clean and dashed. For instance, when Muslims perform hajj via getting a budget-friendly hajj visa only, their agents inform them at what hotel they are being stayed, and if they wish to convey any specific allergies to certain food items. Such information is asked to keep in mind to automatically bypass a meal plan that is not suitable for you. 

  1. Skin remedies

Most pilgrimage duties are foreseen to be upheld outdoors. Either you are going for hajj or to river Ganges or the temples in the Himalayas, weather and climate take its toll on your skin as well.

For instance, Saudi Arabia is a country with a hot climate due to its desertification and grid reference. Each country is entitled to its unique climate, that you can have a hard time adjusting to. A Muslim who resides in Sweden will struggle with the hot weather if he goes for Hajj. Likewise, you need to keep medicines, sunscreens and other types of moisturizers with you at all times.

Take care of your body like it's a temple of its own so you don't suffer during such an auspicious time. Keep an umbrella with you, to protect from the sun heat during a hot sunny day or a snowfall and such. If you notice symptoms of increased body heat or extremely low body temperature seek medical help instantly.



Do you think you can remember these tips? If not, why not note it down somewhere to remember by? 




Final Thoughts 

Remember availing packages for pilgrimage, such as hajj packages, is an easy task. The real task is to make sure to not get sick on your way to such a presumptuous journey of your life.

They say health is wealth, as long as you are healthy you can conquer the toughest mountains. Take healthy precautions to stay upright and healthy so you are good to go and enjoy yourself.


About Shahid Raza Freshman   Digital Marketing Expert

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