Tuesday, Nov 29, 2022



Saudi Arabia arrests man over pilgrimage for Queen Elizabeth

September 13, 2022 5:35 pm

Saudi Arabia also bans signs and political slogans from the sacred courtyard for fear of offending Islamic sensibilities.

From Mecca to the Vatican, exploring sacred sites with VR

August 08, 2022 2:23 pm

Worshippers, tourists, and visitors from around the world are increasingly joining virtual reality religious activities and pilgrimages to some of Earth’s most sacred sites

Muslim pilgrims flock to Mecca for first post-pandemic haj

July 03, 2022 7:11 pm

In 2019, the last year before the pandemic struck, some 2.6 million people performed the haj, while around 19 million took part in the umrah, another form of pilgrimage to Mecca which - unlike the haj - can be carried out at any time of the year

Union minister flags off first batch of 410 Haj pilgrims

June 18, 2022 7:16 pm

More than 1,800 Muslim women are going for Haj without 'Mehram' or male companions, said Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.

At Mecca's Grand Mosque, people pray shoulder-to-shoulder as Saudi Arabia eases Covid norms

October 17, 2021 10:14 pm

Floor markings to ensure social distancing in and around the Mecca mosque have been removed, and it is now allowing full capacity attendance.

Sikh couple retraces travels Guru Nanak undertook 550 years ago, will now release 24-part docuseries

October 12, 2021 10:34 pm

Amardeep Singh and his wife Vininder Kaur travelled “from the deserts of Mecca in Saudi Arabia” to Mount Kailash in Tibet, “explored remote regions of perilous Afghanistan and experienced the scorching heat in Iraq”.

For the first time, Saudi women stand guard in Mecca during haj

July 22, 2021 9:50 am

Since April, dozens of female soldiers have become part of the security services that monitor pilgrims in Mecca and Medina, the birth places of Islam.

Virus transforms hajj in Mecca and future of the pilgrimage

July 18, 2021 9:35 pm

What once drew some 2.5 million Muslims from all walks of life from across the globe, the hajj pilgrimage is now almost unrecognisable in scale.

Only those who have been vaccinated against Covid will be allowed to undertake pilgrimage to Mecca: Saudi Arabia

April 06, 2021 10:15 pm

Last year only 10,000 Muslim residents from Saudi Arabia were permitted to participate in Hajj, a significantly low number as compared to other years.

Watch video: Saudi man crashes car into gates of Mecca's Grand Mosque

October 31, 2020 10:40 pm

The crash happened around 10:30 p.m. and saw the man's car ram through a barrier and keep driving until it hit the gate on the Grand Mosque's southern side, the Saudi Press Agency said.


Hajj 2018: Over two million Muslims begin their journey to Mecca

August 21, 2018 12:30 pm

More than 2 million Muslims began the annual hajj pilgrimage at first light on Sunday in Saudi Arabia, circling the cube-shaped Kaaba in Mecca that Islam's faithful face five times each day during their prayers.

Top Frames: Muslims celebrate Eid al-Adha, Modi's US tour, Pope Francis visits US

September 27, 2015 12:59 pm

Eid al-Adha marks the end of the annual Hajj pilgrimage to the Mecca. The trip to Silicon Valley forms part of Narendra Modi’s visit to the US’ west coast – the first by an Indian prime minister in more than three decades. Pope Francis arrived Tuesday on the first visit of his life to the United States, bringing his humble manner and his “church of the poor” to a rich and powerful nation polarized over economic inequality, immigration and equal justice.

More than 2 million Muslims start haj pilgrimage

September 22, 2015 8:50 pm

More than 2 million Muslims across the globe today marked the beginning of the Haj pilgrimage.

2 Indians among 107 killed after crane crashed into Mecca’s Grand Mosque

September 12, 2015 9:45 am

A towering construction crane toppled over on Friday during a violent rainstorm in the Saudi city of Mecca, Islam's holiest site, crashing into the Grand Mosque and killing at least 107 people ahead of the start of the annual hajj pilgrimage later this month.

Muslim pilgrims leave for Hajj

September 04, 2014 9:43 am

More than 3 million Muslims worldwide make the pilgrimage each year.