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Al-Masjid Al-Haram Expands Over Time

Al-Masjid Al-Ḥaram is a mosque that surrounds the Ka`bah in the city of Makkah, Saudi Arabia. It is a site of pilgrimage for the Hajj, which every Muslim must do at least once in their lives if able. These photos show how the largest mosque in the world has undergone major renovations and expansions through …

Airlines Launches World-First Brand for Pilgrim Flights

KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia Airlines has launched the world’s first service dedicated for Muslim pilgrims traveling for Hajj and Umrah from countries in Southeast Asia, APEX reported. “We see big potential for the Hajj and Umrah market and we have the added advantage of having years of experience providing such a service,” said Malaysia Aviation …

12 Women Converts Recount Their Journey to Islam

JEDDAH – Moulana Hifzur Rahman Seoharvi Academy in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia announced on January 14 that twelve women have converted to Islam and recounted their conversion stories on a platform provided the academy, Saudi Gazette reported. The 12 expatriate women came from India, Britain, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka. The academy honored the women on …

Sign Language & Braille Qur’an to Help Pilgrims at Holy Mosques

MAKKAH – Hajj, and Umrah are becoming easier for all pilgrims, thanks to sign language, Braille Qur’ans, and electric wheelchairs services that have been introduced to help them perform the religious ritual, Arab News reported. An official at the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques described those with disabilities as “highly …

Next Umrah Season Starts in Muharram

MAKKAH – The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah in Saudi Arabia announced on Tuesday, September 4, that the new Umrah season of the next Hijri year 1440 will start a month earlier, in the month of Muharram, the 1st Hijri month. “We expect to see the number of foreign Umrah pilgrims rising to 15 million …

US Olympian Ibtihaj Reflects on Hajj Journey

MINA – Going to hajj this year, American Muslim Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad said she was impressed to see how Islam united people coming from across the world to show devotion to one god and one faith. “It is something as a Muslim growing up and living in the US that you don’t get the opportunity …

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.

Healthcare Facilities Ready for 2 Million Pilgrims: Saudi

JEDDAH — With only six days left for the start of the annual hajj, Saudi officials at the Ministry of Health are making the rounds to ensure that all procedures designed to facilitate the arrival of two million pilgrims are in place. “The Ministry of Health’s focus is on preventive measures. It follows global health …

Sunstroke and Hajj Rituals

It is well known that most of KSA’s area lies in one of the hottest spots in the world. When it coincides with summer, the temperature during Hajj season may range between 44-50°C. Also the rate of moisture may range between 10-15%. Accordingly, the body temperature increases as a result of control failure in the …

Two Saudi Students Died Rescuing US Kids from Drowning

Two Muslim Students Die Rescuing US Kids from Drowning

NAJRAN – The bodies of two Saudi Muslim students drowned last week while attempting to save two American children in Massachusetts arrived in Najran on Sunday, AlArabiya reported on July 8. Theeb Alyami, 27, and Jaser Daham Alrakah, 25, drowned on June 29 as they tried to rescue two small children who were struggling to …



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