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Children below 10 may face Haj ban

JEDDAH: SIRAJ WAHAB Published — Sunday 19 October 2014 Children below the age of 10 may be barred from performing Haj from next year. According to a report in a…

Arafat cemetery opens to relatives of deceased Hajis

Some pilgrims returned to Arafat on Wednesday to visit their loved ones who died during the Haj over the past few years. The undated cemetery is only open one day…

Signs of an accepted Haj

Allah the Almighty legislated acts of worship and obedience for great wisdom and sublime objectives. No wonder, as they strengthen the faith, purify the soul, correct the attitude and refine…

Saudis retrace route of Abraha’s army that came to destroy Kaaba

JEDDAH: P.K. ABDUL GHAFOUR Published — Thursday 9 October 2014 A group of young Saudi history enthusiasts has retraced the path of the People of the Elephant who tried to…

100 towers in SR50bn Madinah pilgrim city to house 200,000

Work on the first phase of the SR50 billion King Abdullah Pilgrim City in Madinah has begun as part of the government’s efforts to further improve services being extended to…

Haj 1435: Yet another success story

MINA: SIRAJ WAHAB Published — Monday 6 October 2014 Haj has never been so organized — from the trains that run on elevated tracks to the extremely helpful security forces…

8 brothers vie to serve mother perform Haj

This year’s Haj witnessed eight sons of a woman competing with one another in assisting their mother to perform her Haj rituals comfortably. They all wanted to gain special reward…

Metro transports nearly 1m pilgrims

MAKKAH: HANI HAZAIMEH Published — Sunday 5 October 2014 Makkah’s state-of-the-art metro will have transported nearly one million pilgrims by the end of this Haj season, said a top official.…

Arafat: Merits of the day

Allah the Almighty preferred some months to others, some days to others and some nights to others and selected specific times in the year to be seasons of worship and…

Pilgrims stone ‘devil’ at Haj; Eid Al-Adha begins 

MINA: Pilgrims stoned the devil on Saturday in the last major ritual of this year’s Haj in Makkah, and Muslims around the world began celebrating Eid Al-Adha, the feast of…

Tears, prayers as 2m Muslims mark peak of Haj

On Saturday, pilgrims set off for Muzdalifah, where they gather pebbles for the stoning of the devil AFPPublished: 16:41 October 3, 2014 Gulf News “I am now a newborn baby…

Saudi Arabia on Ebola watch as millions gather for Hajj

Daily Times: MAKKAH: Anxious to safeguard Hajj pilgrimage from the threat of Ebola, Saudi authorities are screening pilgrims arriving from West Africa and have deployed mobile laboratories to test any…

In order to defeat ISIS, the world must discredit its ideology

Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum| The Daily Star The global financial crisis taught the world how profoundly interdependent our economies have become. In today’s crisis of extremism, we must recognize that…

French convert who drove 7,000 km for Umrah now king’s guest for Haj

JEDDAH: P.K. ABDUL GHAFOUR A French pilgrim who recently converted to Islam and drove 7,000 km in his car with his wife to perform Umrah is now in Makkah as…

Barcode to help locate Mina tents

JEDDAH: P.K. ABDUL GHAFOUR Published — Friday 3 October 2014 Saudi authorities are planning to introduce a barcode system for Mina tents to help stranded pilgrims identify their tents with…

Over 2 million prepare for Haj climax

MINA: HANI HAZAIMEH & SIRAJ WAHAB Published — Friday 3 October 2014 In scenes of devotion seen nowhere else on the planet, over two million pilgrims, wrapped in seamless white…

The Destruction of Mecca

By ZIAUDDIN SARDARSEPT. 30, 2014     WHEN Malcolm X visited Mecca in 1964, he was enchanted. He found the city “as ancient as time itself,” and wrote that the…

How Saudi Arabia is distancing itself from the Islamic State

Thirteen years after US President George W. Bush declared war on terrorism, the Middle East is no closer to victory. Instead, terrorism appears to have morphed into an even more…

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