Millions of Muslims worldwide are heading to the Islamic holy city of Makkah in Saudi Arabia for this year’s Hajj pilgrimage.
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`Eid Al-Adha is expected to start on Friday, September 1, after Saudi officials confirmed that the moon of Dhul-Hijjah was not sighted on Monday, August 21.
Giving audience an insight into the Muslims’ most sacred place, a 90-minute documentary titled “One Day in the Haram,” which details what it is like in the Grand Mosque in Makkah through the eyes of workers and scholars, is slated to debut in September.
Saudi Arabia expects to receive around 2 million pilgrims for this Hajj season, including 1.7 million foreigners, Al Hayat local newspaper reported on Sunday.
The Ka’bah is the sacred House of God situated in the middle of the Holy mosque in the city of Makkah, in Saudi Arabia.
Indicating the start of the hajj season, Saudi officials raised ka`bah kiswa, garment, on Wednesday, August 9, as a precautionary measure to prevent people from damaging it during pilgrimage season.
A new campaign to highlight the peaceful message of hajj was launched on Monday, August 6, in Saudi Arabia, as the holy lands prepare to welcome hundreds of thousands of pilgrims later this month.
In this Al Jazeera video, Basma Atassi takes you on a tour to see the major landmarks that millions of Muslims visit during the period of Hajj, the annual Islamic pilgrimage.
Following the footsteps of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), hundreds of thousands of pilgrims are preparing for the lifetime journey of hajj, expected to start next August 30.
As modern means of transportation offer easy and short journeys to Makkah, many Muslims from across the world are choosing to visit the holy city for hajj or umrah walking, biking or cycling, praying for a greater reward from Allah.
Al-Aqsa name is used to describe the whole area surrounded by the wall at the southern-eastern end of walled old Jerusalem.