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Muslim Expat Passes Away While Praying in Saudi Mosque

JEDDAH – A video showing a Muslim expat collapsing while praying in a mosque in Al Deilemi, a small village located in the kingdom’s Bisha governorate, has gone viral on the internet, with many praying for the deceased. Speaking to the local news site, Mohamad Shaalan Al Aklabi, a resident of the region, confirmed the tragic …

Haramain Railway Open to Public: Have a Look

JEDDAH – Inaugurated three weeks ago, the $6.7 billion Haramain high-speed railway, which links Islam’s two holiest cities of Makkah and Madinah, is now fully operational, Ilmfeed reported. The 450-km railway is projected with an annual target of 60 million passengers. It will reduce the time required for hajj pilgrims and citizens to travel between …

Heartwarming Photo of Saudi Officer Goes Viral

Heartwarming Photo: Officer Carries Child As Father Performs Prayer

MADINAH – A heartwarming photo showing a Saudi security officer carrying a child while his father performs prayer in the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah has gone viral, garnering lots of praise on social media. “He carried the child on behalf of his father, until he concluded prayer, and this is no stranger to security men …

Haramain High-Speed Train Links Islam’s Two Holiest Cities

MAKKAH – The awaited $6.7 billion Haramain high-speed railway was inaugurated on September 25 in Saudi Arabia to link Makkah and Madinah; the two holiest cities of Islam, VOANews reported. “The 35 passenger trains are capable of traveling at speeds of 300 km/h. this slashes the travel time from several hours to 120 minutes,” explained …

Young Boy Breaks from Play to Pray (Video)

RIYADH – A video showing a boy praying in a corner in a theme park has been widely shared on social media, with many praising the young boy’s commitment to prayer times. “You took my heart boy! Masha Allah may Allah give u everything you wanted and you never even thought of Alhamdulillah Alhamdulillah soo …

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 …

'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 …

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 …



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