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.
By Aya Batrawy, Associated Press
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…
By Amir Vahdat, Jon Gambrell, Associated Press
Millions of Muslims from around the world retrace the steps of the Prophet Muhammad’s first pilgrimage to the city of Mecca, which he is believed to have traveled in the year 628 AD.
By Kamala Kelkar
More than a million Muslims on Sunday ascended the craggy hills of Mount Arafat outside the Saudi Arabian city of Mecca during the peak of the annual hajj pilgrimage.
By Michael D. Regan
By Joshua Barajas
A new tally raised the death toll of the stampede last month near Mecca, Saudi Arabia to at least 1,453 people, making it the deadliest disaster in the history of the annual hajj pilgrimage.
By PBS NewsHour
More than 700 people have died in a stampede during the annual hajj pilgrimage just outside Mecca. The disaster has raised fresh questions about Saudi Arabia’s management of the annual migration, in the wake of another deadly accident at the…
By Amanda Gomez
At least 87 people have been killed and almost 200 more injured after a crane fell on Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mosque in Mecca on Friday according to The Guardian.
With the arrival of approximately two million people from around the world in Saudi Arabia for the annual hajj pilgrimage, there are a group of pilgrims who were not welcomed. The Saudi government has banned the entry of…
By Admin, PBS NewsHour
The two main rival Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas, signed an agreement to share government power in Saudi-brokered talks Thursday, a move aimed at ending growing violence between the two factions.
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