Saudis strive to prevent virus outbreak in curtailed hajj
Pilgrims were quarantined Tuesday in the Muslim holy city of Mecca ahead of the dramatically downsized hajj as Saudi authorities strive to prevent a coronavirus outbreak during the five-day pilgrimage.
7 Holiest Sites In Islam
Every year, over 2 million Muslims from around the world travel to perform the hajj - a mandatory religious duty for Muslims that must be carried out at least once in their lifetime by all adult Muslims who are physically and financially capable. Although the journey to Mecca, the holiest city for Muslims, is mandatory,…
Female Saudi Rapper Faces Arrest For Praising Women In Music Video
A female Saudi rap artiste identified as Asayel Slay is facing prison time after praising women as "powerful and beautiful" in a rap music video titled Bint Makkah ("Girl from Mecca"). In the song, Asayel Slay raps about women in the city of Mecca (Islam's holiest site). "Our respect to other girls but the Mecca…
Saudi prepares for hajj as Gulf tensions persist
More than 2.5 million Muslims will on Friday begin the annual hajj pilgrimage in the Islamic holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, against a backdrop of tensions in the Gulf.
Mansa Musa: The Richest Man That Ever Lived
The debate about who the richest man never range far from Jeff Bezos, Bill Gate and Warren Buffet. However, these men’s wealth cannot hold a candle to Mansa Musa whose extravagance was so much that it wrecked a country. Who is Mansa Musa? In 1312, Mansa Abu-Bakr abdicated the Malian Empire in order to…
‘Why Nigeria recorded less casualties in Mecca'
Chairman of Zamfara State Hajj Commission, Alhaji Abubakar Dambo, has explained why the rate of fatalities dropped significantly in this year’s hajj. Nigeria lost no fewer than 54 pilgrims in a stampede in September 2015 while observing the hajj. The tragedy was the deadliest to hit the hajj in 25 years, as about 770 pilgrims…
NAHCON begins pilgrims’ return journey on Monday
The return journey of Nigeria’s 55,000 pilgrims who performed this year’s Hajj in Saudi Arabia begins on Monday, the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has said. Its Director of Operations, Abdullahi Saleh, announced this on Sunday in Jeddah after a meeting with the airline operators. He said the operation would be concluded within the…
Are you going on Hajj II?
Having said the above, it needs no emphasis to state that the hajj rites that would be accepted by the Almighty from His servants are the ones which are prosecuted with lawful means. In other words, a governor who diverts public fund into providing Hajj seats to some Muslims with the intention to maintain their…
Religious tourism: the white gold of Saudi Arabia
With global oil prices flailing, Saudi Arabia is turning to another natural resource: billions of dollars gained from religious tourism as the kingdom hosts the annual hajj pilgrimage.
Saudi hails 'smooth' Mecca hajj after 2015 stampede
Saudi Arabia on Friday reported no major security incidents or health scares at this year's pilgrimage, as the Muslim faithful embarked on the last leg of the five-day hajj.