NAJAF, Iraq : The hub for religious tourism in Iraq is being badly hit as sanctions against neighbouring Iran have resulted in fewer pilgrims with less money to spend. Business leaders, shopkeepers and hotel owners in Najaf, site of a shrine to a revered figure in Shiite Islam and home to most of the sect's top clerics, all report declining trade as economic sanctions targeting Iran's controversial nuclear programme have made it harder for visitors from Iraq's eastern neighbour to make the trip.