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After Hajj, Prophet's Mosque Receives Pilgrims

MADINAH – Completing the rituals of hajj, thousands of pilgrims have flocked to Madinah to pay homage to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and visit his mosque. “We are determined to provide the visitors of the Prophet’s Mosque with the best of services and facilities,” Presidency of the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques …

From MTV to Makkah: Kristiane Backer Performs Hajj

JEDDAH – Former MTV presenter Kristiane Backer went to Makkah this year to perform hajj, sharing her experience during the life-time journey in a video published last week, the Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper reported. In her interview with SPA, Backer praised the Kingdom’s efforts to offer improved services to pilgrims during hajj, admiring the huge change …

Nigerian Pilgrim Hailed for Returning N400,000 to Owner

JEDDAH – A Nigerian pilgrim has been praised as a role model for honesty after he returned the amount equivalent to N400,000 (about $1100) to Saudi owner; he found the sum in a toilet in Makkah. The pilgrim, Musa Edostu, is from Niger State, Naija.com reported. Nigerian newspaper, The Punch, reported that Edostu returned the …

'I am Born Once Again': Pilgrims Give Praise as Hajj Ends Peacefully

MAKKAH – More than 2.3 million Muslim pilgrims will begin leaving the holy city of Makkah, concluding peacefully the last of the solemn rituals of the soul-searching journey of hajj. “I feel I am born once again,” Egyptian pilgrim Sabah Saeed, 49, told Reuters. “This is a great blessing from God and it makes you …

Hajj Unify Mankind

How Would Hajj Unify Mankind?

Short Answer:  The rituals of hajj smoothly lead to experiencing practical and down-to-earth unity. The Quranic order denies them anything that would cause division or partition. Differences and disputes might rise and cause division between Muslims. That is where hajj serves best. Hajj is a compelling conference of unity that practically re-directs each pilgrim to his real identity. The …

Saudi Launches Services to Help Elderly, Disabled Pilgrims

MAKKAH – The General Presidency for the Two Holy Mosques in Saudi Arabia has begun services to aid elderly and infirm pilgrims as well as those with special needs during the ongoing Hajj season, Arab News reported on August 20. “Among these services is a small talking watch for the visually impaired. These watches tell …

Lost in Translation? Not for Muslim Hajj Pilgrims

MAKKAH – United by their faith, more than 2 million people of different races, countries, and languages gather in Makkah annually to perform hajj, putting the responsibility on Saudi authorities to make sure nothing is lost in translation. “I really don’t know much Arabic,” Samir Varatchia, who made the trip to Makkah from France’s Indian …

Pilgrims Flock to Arafat in Hajj Climax

MAKKAH – Seeking forgiveness from Allah, millions of Muslim pilgrims ascended Monday, August 20, Mount `Arafat, east of the holy city of Makkah, in the climax of hajj after spending a night of meditation and introspection in the tent city of Mina. “Today is the most important part of the hajj, and we are all …



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