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When to Celebrate New Hijri Year 1440?

HELWAN – The National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics (NRIAG) in Helwan, Egypt has announced that September 11 will be the first day of Muharram, the first Hijri month of the new Hijri year 1440. NRIAG calculated that the Astronomical New Moon (conjunction) will occur on Sunday, September 9, at 18:01 UT. However, this …

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 …

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 …

Hajj in 25 Years: Saudi Has Served 54 Million Pilgrims So Far

MAKKAH – According to the General Authority for Statistics (GaStat) in Saudi Arabia, the total number of pilgrims visiting Makkah, Islam’s holiest city, in the last 25 years has reached 53,928,358, Saudi Gazette reported. “Counting of pilgrims started in 1970 (1390H) in order to obtain accurate information to help all governmental entities to plan and develop …

`Eid Al-Adha Expected on August 22

MAKKAH – `Eid Al-Adha is expected to start on Wednesday, August 22, with MoonSighting.com citing astronomical calculations, as world Muslims await the final confirmation of the sighting of Dhul-Hijjah moon. “The Astronomical New Moon (conjunction) is on August 11, 2018 (Saturday) at 9:58 UT. This is when the solar eclipse occurs. On August 11, the …

Saudi, OIC Launch Hajj 2018 Meat Project

JEDDAH – In collaboration with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the Saudi Ministry of Hajj has announced on July 31 the launch of a project called “Utilization of Hajj Meat (ADAHI)” . The main objective of this project is to distribute halal meat  to beneficiaries in more than 25 countries,  as one million sheep …

More Than 200,000 Pilgrims Reach Madinah

MADINAH – The National Pilgrim-Guide Foundation in Saudi Arabia announced on July 25 that as many as 207,546 Muslim pilgrims have arrived in Madinah to start Hajj which begins by the mid of next August, Al-Arabiya reported. “The nationalities of pilgrims now present in Madinah are 42,028 Indonesians, 47,671 Indians, 28,192 Pakistanis, 27,808 Turks, and finally …

Saudi Red Crescent Prepares for Hajj, Heatwave

JEDDAH – As preparations for Hajj go in full swing, the Saudi Red Crescent Authority announced on Monday its readiness for the pilgrimage with 2,631 staff and 105 emergency centers, Saudi Press agency reported July 24. The organization plans to offer emergency services for pilgrims at the Grand Mosque in Makkah. The services will also …



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