World Jul 27

Pilgrims arrive in Mecca for downsized hajj amid pandemic

Muslim pilgrims have started arriving in Mecca for a drastically scaled-down hajj as Saudi authorities balance the kingdom’s oversight of one of Islam’s key pillars and the safety of visitors in the face of a global pandemic.

World Mar 04

Muslim pilgrims wear protective face masks, following the outbreak of the coronavirus, as cleaners wipe the floor while people pray at Kaaba in the Grand mosque in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Photo by Ganoo Essa/Reuters
Virus halts pilgrimages to Mecca, Friday prayers in Iran

The coronavirus outbreak is disrupting Islamic worship in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia banned its citizens and other residents of the kingdom from performing the pilgrimage in Mecca and Iran canceled Friday prayers in major cities. The decisions affected both…