Pilgrimage to Mecca just got easier for Muslims living on US West Coast

Published on : Saturday, April 26, 2014

download-76The pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, is undoubtedly one of the most significant journeys Muslims have to make.For the 1 million Muslims living on the US West Coast and the estimated 100,000 Saudi Arabian nationals studying in the United States traveling to Mecca and to Saudi Arabia in general, it is somewhat daunting because it often entails traveling with different airlines and going through several stopovers.

Citing a recent survey, the LA Times stated that the US now ranks fourth in the number of Saudi students studying in foreign universities, after China, India, and South Korea. Experts, according to the LA newspaper, attribute the influx of Saudi students studying in the US by a new Saudi Arabian scholarship program that encourages students to study abroad. The number of Saudi students at Irvine has almost tripled since 2010, going from 8 to 23 this year, the LA Times claimed. “By comparison, there were 172 Saudi Arabians last fall at USC, almost 5 times more than in 2007.”


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