hajj

Muslim Cyclists Biking Across Nine Countries Finally Reach Saudi Arabia for Hajj

Eight British Muslims have arrived in Saudi Arabia for Hajj after five weeks of cycling across nine countries and 3,200 kilometres. Known as the “Hajj Riders,” the eight men started from the East London Mosque in the British capital and biked through the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Italy, Greece and Egypt before arriving in

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Saudi Plane for Qatari Pilgrims Waits on Doha for Landing Rights

DUBAI, Aug 20 – Saudi Arabia’s state carrier said on Sunday it had been unable to send planes to transport Qatari pilgrims to the kingdom because it had been unable to get permission to land at Doha airport amid a diplomatic dispute between the two countries. Qatar and Saudi Arabia, along with three other Arab

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It Is Not About Hajj

Iran’s meddling in Saudi affairs transcends the issue of Hajj’s security BY Abdulrahman Al Trairi The Islamic pilgrimage season, known as Hajj, which extended over the course of the first week of September, was “very successful” this year, according to Saudi officials who stressed that the holy event saw no security breaches. In an emailed statement

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Saudi Prince Warns Iran Against Using Force to Pursue Rivalry

DUBAI, Sept 15  – A senior Saudi official, responding to Iranian criticism of Riyadh’s management of the hajj pilgrimage, urged Iran to end what he called wrong attitudes towards Arabs and warned it against any use of force in its rivalry with the kingdom. Mecca province governor Prince Khaled al-Faisal, in remarks likely to be

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For Illegal Pilgrims in Mecca, God’s Blessings Transcend Secular Law

By Dahlia Nehme MINA, SAUDI ARABIA, Sept 14  – Fear of getting caught is not enough to deter Abu Ahmed and up to 200,000 other illegal pilgrims from attending this year’s hajj in Mecca, despite a clampdown by the Saudi authorities aimed at preventing deadly overcrowding. The hajj, which every able-bodied Muslim is required to

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Saudi King: Use of Hajj for Sectarian Aims Abhorrent

MINA, Saudi Arabia, Sept 13  – Saudi Arabia’s King Salman said on Tuesday hajj should not be used to achieve sectarian or political aims, remarks likely to be seen as aimed at rival Iran, which is involved in a public quarrel with Riyadh over the management of the pilgrimage. Speaking to dignitaries from Muslim countries

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Amid Strains, Qatar Urges Iran, Gulf Arabs to be Good Neighbors

DUBAI, Sept 13 – Qatar’s Emir called for good neighbourly relations between Gulf Arabs and Iran in a telephone call with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Qatar media reported, amid fresh strains between regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran over the haj pilgrimage. Tensions have been rising since Gulf Arab allies variously cut or downgraded ties

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Haj Slowdown Hits Saudi Businesses

By Dahlia Nehme MECCA, Sept 12 – Saudi businesses catering to haj visitor have taken a hit this year as far fewer pilgrims arrive and those who come have less cash to spend. Saudi authorities say only about 1.86 million pilgrims, including around 1.3 million coming from outside the country, are attending this year’s haj,

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Top Saudi Cleric says Iran Leaders not Muslims as Hajj Row Mounts

By Sami Aboudi DUBAI , Sept 7 – Saudi Arabia’s top religious authority accused Iran’s leaders of not being Muslims, drawing a rebuke from Tehran in an unusually harsh exchange between the regional rivals over the running of the annual haj pilgrimage. The war of words on the eve of the mass pilgrimage will deepen

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