What Muslims Do on Hajj, and Why?

What Muslims Do on Hajj, and Why, By Diaa Hadid, September 8, 2016 It is incumbent upon every able-bodied Muslim who can afford to do so to travel to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Islam’s holiest site, at least once in his or her lifetime. The annual pilgrimage is known as the […]

Arabia: Haji’s go high tech during Hajj

Each bracelet carries a bar code readable by smartphone. It indicates the pilgrim’s identity, nationality, place of lodging in Mecca, as well as other information, the vice secretary of the ministry of hajj and umrah, Issa Rawas, told AFP. Close to two million pilgrims have converged on western Saudi Arabia […]

Politicization of Haj ‘won’t be tolerated’

Source: Arab News JEDDAH: The Kingdom has reiterated that attempts to politicize Haj will not be tolerated and that demonstrations will be prevented to ensure peace during the pilgrimage. Col. Othman Al-Muhraj, director for public security, said that carrying out processions from any of the Haj sites is strictly prohibited. […]

Changing of kiswa

By ARAB NEWS MAKKAH: The silken kiswa cloth that covers the entire Holy Kaaba was replaced on Saturday in line with a centuries old annual custom. The draping of the Kaaba on the ninth day of the Hijri month of Dul Al-Hijjah was carried out in the presence of representatives of the General Presidency of […]