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Quick Things to Know About Hajj

Quick Things to Know About Hajj

The rituals are simple, but the amount of walking necessary, the hot climate, and the crowds make the Hajj a rigorous exercise in faith. In Makkah, the pilgrims first circumambulate the Ka`bah 7 times in a ritual known as Tawaf…

200,000 Indian Muslims to Perform Hajj This Year

A total number of 200,000 Indian Muslims are set to perform the life-time journey of hajj this year, setting a record for the Muslim community in the Indian peninsula, Outlook India reported. Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi announced on Saturday that 160,000 pilgrims will travel through the Hajj Committee of India and the …

First Hajj Pilgrims Due in Saudi Arabia on July 4

As millions of Muslims prepare to flock to Saudi for Hajj, the first flight is set to arrive on Thursday, July 4, carrying 301 Bangladeshis to Jeddah, Saudi Gazette. Essam Fouad, director of King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA), said the pilgrims would continue to arrive in the Kingdom by air, land, and sea until August …

3,199 Umrahs and Counting, What an Achievement!

A Pakistani has performed 3,199 Umrahs in 17 years, probably setting an enviable achievement as the one performing the highest number of Umrahs in the world, The Nation reported on Sunday. Syed Dilnawaz Shah returned to his home in Karachi on Thursday after spending the month of fasting in Makkah and performing about three dozen …

3.2 Million People Pray Taraweeh at Prophet’s Mosque by Mid Ramadan

More than 3.2 million Muslims have prayed  the Taraweeh at the Prophet’s mosque in Madinah during the first 15 days of Ramadan, the Presidency of the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques in Makkah and Madinah announced, as Saudi Gazette reported. “As many as 1.4 million worshippers prayed inside the mosque while about 1.5 million prayed …

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 …

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 …

New Electric Vehicles to Help Elderly Pilgrims in Makkah

MAKKAH — The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques inaugurated Wednesday, December 12, new electric vehicles made to facilitate the transportation of elderly pilgrims and their circumambulation around the Ka`bah, Al Arabiya reported. The vehicles were allocated to serve elderly visitors to facilitate their religious rituals. The vehicles can take up …

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 …



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