• Short Summary

    It is estimated that 85 per cent of Niger's population are Moslems, and in this the last month of the Islamic year, children in the Moslem schools were learning about the annual pilgrimage of the faithful to Mecca, and the following "Great Festival" of Id El-Kabir.

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    It is estimated that 85 per cent of Niger's population are Moslems, and in this the last month of the Islamic year, children in the Moslem schools were learning about the annual pilgrimage of the faithful to Mecca, and the following "Great Festival" of Id El-Kabir.

    Over fourteen-hundred pilgrims this year are reported to be making the journey to Saudi Arabia, increase of 337 on last year.

    SYNOPSIS: In a Muslim school in Niamey, the Niger capital, children repeat lessons form the Koran, Holy book of Islam, a book which will have a profound influence in their lives. It is estimated that 85 per cent of Niger's people are Moslem, and in this, the last Month of the Islamic year, the children in the Muslim schools will be learning about the pilgrimage to Mecca, carried out at this time by devout Moslems. They will be taking part soon after the pilgrimage also in the "great Festival" of the Islamic year, Id El-Kabir, a three-day Festival of sacrifice which involves the whole Islamic world.

    But the pilgrimage to Mecca remains to the outsider one of the most moving manifestations of the continuing strength of Islam. Each devout Muslim, whatever his status, feels obliged to make this religious journey once in his life, though the journey amy be many hundreds of miles from the interior of Africa.

    And when he comes back, he will he among those bearing the tile, "El Hadj", or pilgrim, who has done the journey to the birthplace of Mohammed.

    In Niamey, the signs of the exodus have been everywhere as the pilgrims set out overland or by air. Last year an estimated 1082 pilgrims went to Mecca from Niger, this year there will be 337 more. The number goes up every year, involving increasing numbers in the difficulties of obtaining transport of on kind or another, the waiting, and the administrative formalities. And there will be more privations for them when they reach Mecca, the best-known city of Saudi Arabia. More than fifty thousand pilgrims had arrived in that country by January the first, according to official figures, and thousands more were to follow in the next weeks. the pilgrims will end their stay by giving thanks at the village of Mina, and Muslims everywhere will celebrate Id El-Kabir.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3A4X75RC282DWAZLY3E1TN7KK
    Media URN:
    VLVA3A4X75RC282DWAZLY3E1TN7KK
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/01/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:42:00
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    N/A

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