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Saudi Lifts Ka`bah Kiswa for Hajj

Indicating the start of this year hajj season, Saudi officials raised Ka`bah kiswa, on Friday, July 19, as a precautionary measure to prevent people from damaging it during the pilgrimage season.

Going to Hajj? These 9 Health Tips Are for You

Millions of pilgrims are preparing for the life-time journey of hajj. In order to avoid diseases and infections during hajj, pilgrims are supposed to abide by a variety of health tips and guidelines. Below are some of the tips as provided by the Saudi Ministry of Health for pilgrims before embarking on their journey: Take …

First Baby Born in 2019 Hajj Named "Madinah"

An Indian couple, who are in Saudi Arabia for Hajj, have been blessed with a new baby, considered to be the first birth case in this year Hajj season, Saudi state media reported. The newborn baby has been named “Madinah”, a reflection of the parent’s great love for the Prophet’s holy city Every year dozens of …

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Hajj 2019: Mina Gets Multi-Storey Tents For First Time

For the first time in history, multi-storey tents will be established during this year’s Hajj season to provide pilgrims with more space and increase the accommodation capacity in the city of Mina, Aaj.tv reported. “This is within the Kingdom’s efforts to upgrade the services being extended to the pilgrims and is also within the efforts …

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 …

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 …



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