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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 …

Two Million Muslim Pilgrims Throng Mina as Hajj Begins

MAKKAH – About two million white-clad Muslim pilgrims from around the globe have begun moving on Sunday, August 19, to Mina on the first leg of their journey of a lifetime, preparing for the climax of Hajj when they ascend Mount `Arafat. “This is the first time I have seen the Grand Mosque and the …

Here is Why Virtual Reality Hajj Apps Grow Among Pilgrims

JEDDAH – Orienting would-be pilgrims with the hajj rituals, virtual reality applications have been growing in popularity recently among pilgrims, as Muslim developers hope to help first-time pilgrims as well as educating non-Muslims about Hajj. “We believe it’s a powerful tool that acts as a guide for people doing pilgrimage for the first time,” explained …

4 Apps That Will Help Make Your Hajj a Lot Easier

4 Apps That Will Make Your Hajj a Lot Easier

The regular stories amongst pilgrims of not being able to find their way back to their tent or their struggles to communicate with other pilgrims due to language barriers have long been heard. In turn, many apps have been created to help the foreign pilgrims…

Philadelphia Muslims Leave for Hajj

PHILADELPHIA – A few days before hajj starts, a group of forty-eight local Muslims from Philadelphia, US, have embarked on their journey, on Tuesday, to the holy city of Makkah to perform annual hajj. “The invitation is from God to make Hajj,” Salima Suswell, a first-time Hajj pilgrim, told The Philadelphia Tribune. “It’s very much …

Multilingual Double-Decker Bus Tour for Pilgrims in Madinah

MADINAH – To facilitate touring the city of Prophet Muhammad’s Mosque, the Saudi authorities have provided a service of a new double-decker bus for pilgrims who visit Madina during hajj season, Arab News reported on August 16. The bus tour is supervised by the Development Authority of Madinah Region, which introduces visitors to some of …

How to Beat the Hajj Heat

How to Beat the Hajj Heat

Pilgrims will need to make every effort to ensure they do not suffer from heat related illnesses such as heat stroke, heat exhaustion or dehydration.



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