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Hajj 2013

Hajj is a islamic event celebrated by muslim each year for 10 days.

On Day 3 of Haj, nearly 1.6 million pilgrims returned to the tent city of Mina from Muzdalifah, on the plains a few kilometers from Mount Arafat, where they spent the night praying and collecting pebbles for the symbolic ritual of stoning the devil. At the break of dawn, pilgrims...
An estimated 20.76 million liters of Zamzam water is expected to be distributed this Haj season. The number of 1.5 liter containers to be distributed on Haj campaigns, hospitals, and the ceremony of the Ministry of Haj is estimated at 120,000 bottles, according the chairman of the unified Zamazimah office. The...
The Kiswa, or that garb of the Holy Kabaa, was replaced Monday by officials of the The General Presidency for the Grand Holy Mosque and the Prophet's Holy Mosque. The cloth is normally changed on the 9th day of Dhul-Hijjah, or the day of Arafat. Pilgrim are required to be at...
Nearly 2 million pilgrims arrived in Mina on Sunday as part of the first phase of Haj 2013. What was a ghost town until Saturday evening was teeming with hundreds of thousands of pilgrims, men and women, young and old. They were reciting “Labbaik Allahumma Labbaik” (O God, here I...
Hundreds of thousands of Haj pilgrims began streaming into tent city at Mina by foot, on buses and in four-wheel drives late Saturday amid extreme heat and humidity. On their way, pilgrims were met by many checkpoints manned by security men, health officials and traffic police, who asked pilgrims to...
About 1.325 million pilgrims were transported to the holy sites on Friday, according to the General Car Syndicate (Naqaba). The ascending (taseed) and descending (nafra) committee had completed preparations to execute the plan for pilgrims moving to holy sites following instructions of Haj Minister Bandar Hajjar. Pilgrims ascend to Mina as...
Credit: AFP/Getty Images A general view shows the new raised walkway installed around the Kaaba (top-R) so people with disabilities can circle around the holy shrine to perform the Tawaf, which is part of the hajj pilgrimage, in Mecca's Grand Mosque on October 8, 2013. More than two million Muslims...
Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal said 15,000 illegal pilgrims have been prevented from performing Haj because they lacked permits. The prince, who is also the head of the Haj Central Committee, said 63 unlicensed Haj-catering companies were discovered, of which one was in the Eastern Province carrying 150 pilgrims in...
A picture of a pilgrim has become an instant hit on Saudi social media amid claims that he had the longest beard. Bloggers said that they believed that the beard was about 50cm long and gave the pilgrim a highly remarkable look. The man, who was not identified, is one of...
Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh, the grand mufti, has urged Muslims who have performed Haj once already to avoid the pilgrimage journey this season in order to allow first-time pilgrims the opportunity to perform Haj conveniently. The mufti advised Muslims to donate the money they would have spent on the pilgrimage...
Fifty Sri Lankans, the first of the 2,400 foreign pilgrims who are to perform Haj this year as guests of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, arrived in the Kingdom on Monday. Abdullah Al-Mudlaj, CEO of the guest pilgrims' program, said Muslim leaders from different parts of the...
Saudi authorities said on Sunday they have busted more than 10 fake hajj campaigns in recent days, which claim to provide pilgrims with the services needed to complete their hajj journey. Abdelaziz al-Khudairi, undersecretary of Makkah's governor's office and head of executive committee of hajj operations, told Al Arabiya...
Believe it or not, at a time when younger people are becoming victims of even minor infections, three Indian pilgrims above the age of 100 have arrived in the Kingdom to perform Haj, and they are in perfect shape. Ismail from the north Indian state of Haryana, who has seen...
Each year millions of Muslims perform the hajj pilgrimage, convening in the holy city of Makkah, in modern day Saudi Arabia, to enact rites laid down in Islam’s holy book, the Quran. The first step for any pilgrim wishing to perform hajj is to enter a state of Ihram, believed...
Eighteen S92 and Black Hawk (S70A) helicopters will be monitoring the movement of pilgrims at the holy sites, according to the commander of security aircraft. “All helicopters have been put on alert and all helipads in Makkah and the holy sites have been tested,” Maj. Gen. Muhammad Al-Harbi said. The helicopters...