HAJJ 2012

Old souvenir souks thrive during hajj

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Development projects have changed the map of old souks in Mecca, thus creating new shopping criteria, to meet the shoppers’ demands during the annual hajj (pilgrimage).However, numerous pilgrims still prefer the old souks to buy souvenirs that become a part of the Holy ritual’s memories.The souks of Mecca have remnants from the past barely surviving as new markets increase. These popular old souks are special to pilgrims, who go there to buy gifts during the hajj season.“There are plenty of ...

Saudi Arabia declares hajj 2012 one of the most successful

Monday, 29 October 2012

Hajj 2012 was one of the most successful Muslim pilgrimage seasons despite the enormous number of close to 4 million pilgrims, said on Sunday Saudi Prince Khalid al-Faisal, Governor of Mecca Region and Chairman of Central Hajj Committee. In a press conference held in Mecca, the prince said the number of pilgrims ranged this year between 3.16 to 3.65 millions, blaming the inaccuracy on the enormous number of unregistered pilgrims.This huge number of unregistered pilgrims has caused many problems ...

Muslim pilgrims rush to Mecca for farewell circumambulation

Sunday, 28 October 2012

The annual hajj pilgrimage is soon coming to an end as Muslim pilgrims rushed to complete the final rituals, leaving the devil-stoning site of Mina and returning to Mecca for the farewell circumambulation. Most pilgrims, who have been hurling rocks at three pillars representing Satan for the past three days, will be leaving the holy city of Mina before dusk. But others will stay on in Mina until Monday when they will perform the stoning ritual one final time.Worshippers living ...

Syrians on hajj bring tears for their homeland

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Fortunate enough to squeeze his way through crowds into what Muslims consider one of the most sacred places on earth, Mohammed knelt in worship, put his head on the cold white marble, and wept for Syria. Only a few feet away from the Kaaba, the cube shaped structure in Mecca, Saudi Arabia that observant Muslims pray toward five times a day, the Syrian-born pilgrim had traveled from his home in the Washington, D.C. area to perform the hajj, an elaborate and exhausting set of ...

High cost of hajj compels poor pilgrims to flout the law

Saturday, 27 October 2012

In the Hajj season, pilgrims place their tents in areas they are not supposed to be stationed at and scores of visitors added more traffic to what the Mina valley can accommodate. Living on the streets, unlawful and risky, but these pilgrims opted for such option.This has also created a lucrative opportunity for vendors to earn more, benefiting from the legal loopholes or the lack of law enforcement.The pilgrims’ frugality to live in their tents on the streets is justified at least for them. ...

Pakistani pilgrim gives birth to twins during hajj

Saturday, 27 October 2012

A Pakistani woman who joined millions of Muslims around the world in the annual hajj pilgrimage was caught by unexpected labor pains near the holy city of Mecca, where she gave birth to twin baby girls and named them after two mountains between which Muslims travel back and forth seven times during the ritual. Unknown to the rest of the world, Tahira Yasmin named her twin baby girls Safa and Marwah.The Safa and Marwah mountains are marked during the hajj wherein Muslims travel round the ...

Mashaar Mena welcomes 4 million pilgrims this year

Friday, 26 October 2012

Pilgrims lied under the skies of the Mashaar Mena region as rain poured over the area. For most of the pilgrims in Mashaar Mena, it is their first time that they are physically in touch with the holy region.This Libyan pilgrim said he wished every Muslim a blessed Eid and thanked Saudi Arabia for its hospitality and measures the country have taken to ensure a safe and successful hajj season. About 300,000 government employees have been deployed to assists pilgrims with their rituals. The cost ...

Pilgrims stream down to Muzdalifah after performing main ritual of hajj

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Millions of pilgrims streamed down the Mount of Arafat with the sunset on Thursday, heading to Muzdalifah, after carrying out the main hajj ritual by spending the whole day on Arafat. In Muzdalifah, which is located between Mina and Arafat, the pilgrims will collect pebbles, to be used the following day to hurl at three large walls representing Satan at al-Jamarat Bridge, between Mecca and Mina.The symbolic “stoning of the devil” is followed by the ritual sacrifice of an animal, usually a ...

Pilgrims head to Mount Arafat as hajj rituals peak

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Vast crowds of Muslim pilgrims, all dressed in white, flocked from early Thursday to Mount Arafat in Saudi Arabia’s west to take part in the main rituals of the annual hajj. Many pilgrims had camped overnight in the sprawling plain surrounding Mount Arafat but the majority began arriving at dawn.Men, women, and children from 189 countries streamed to the site, some setting up small colorful tents in which they slept and prayed. Beggars and street vendors also dotted ...

Saudi Airlines extends schedule to carry 300 Syrian pilgrims to Jeddah

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Around 300 Syrian pilgrims were flown by Saudi Airlines to Jeddah after the Kingdom facilitated their visa procedures in Beirut, a newspaper reported on Wednesday. To help transport the Syrian pilgrims, the Saudi national carrier added one more flight to its schedule, which initially ended Monday to bring the pilgrims to Jeddah before the start of Eid al-Adha on Friday, The Beirut-based The Daily Star reported. Saudi Arabia has closed its embassy in Damascus in March after Syrian President ...

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