Riding his bike for thousands of miles, a Russian Muslim has finally reached the holy city of Makkah to fulfill his life-time dream of performing hajj.
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As the clock ticks towards the start of the annual hajj rituals, more than 1.3 million Muslims from across the world have flocked to the holy city of Makkah, dreaming of fulfilling the life-time journey.
Welcoming millions of visitors from across the world, Saudi Arabia has reiterated its strict zero-tolerance policy towards any attempt by anyone to disrupt security, undermine safety or upset pilgrims’ well-being during Hajj.
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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.
As pilgrims from across the world flock to Makkah to perform the life-time hajj rituals, Saudi authorities are striving to prevent repeat of last year's fatal incidents, which killed hundreds of pilgrims.
New advertisements offering hajj to those unable to perform it against financial amounts have flooded social media, with Saudi scholars discouraging the practice as not allowed in Islam.
`Eid Al Adha is expected to start on Sunday, September 11, the Fiqh Council of North America (FQNA) has announced, citing astronomical calculations and awaiting the final confirmation of Sunday’s sighting of Dhul-Hijjah moon.
In a bid to avoid deadly stampedes, Saudi Arabia authorities have cut short the stoning ritual period by 12 hours, a decision taken following discussions on the stoning timetable for different hajj missions from across the world.
Going in droves across the six continents, teams of enthusiastic Muslims moved in scores of countries around the world to spread the true Islamic message in the second global da`wah day.
As hajj season approaches, the holy city of Madinah is preparing to receive more than 600,000 visitors who will visit the mosque of Prophet Muhammad before embarking on their pilgrimage.