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Wednesday, October 20, 2021



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.

Trip to Mecca, Madina: 62-yr-old man duped of Rs 12.26 L by travel agent in Mumbai

October 14, 2020 1:00 pm

The man, a retired Central Railway employee, has lodged a complaint with Nagpada police. The police said the accused was a friend of the complainant and had also promised to arrange his daughter’s wedding at a mosque in Saudi Arabia.

New at Saudi hajj: Bottled holy water, sterilised pebbles

July 07, 2020 4:11 pm

Saudi Arabia has one of the Middle East's largest outbreaks of the virus, with infection rates rising by 3,000-4,000 cases daily. More than 213,000 people have contracted the virus in the kingdom so far, including 1,968 who have died.

Saudi Arabia halts pilgrimages over coronavirus; Iran says 22 dead

February 27, 2020 3:25 pm

The extraordinary decision by Saudi Arabia stops foreigners from reaching the holy city of Mecca and the Kaaba, the cube-shaped structure the world's 1.8 billion Muslims pray toward five times a day.

Siege of Mecca's Grand Mosque: What happened in Saudi Arabia 40 years ago, how it affects world today

November 25, 2019 3:38 pm

The Saudi royal family realised the only way to cement its authority was to position itself as the foremost protector of the faith, thus minimising the chances of rebellion from within.


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.