HAJJ 2013

Pilgrims inject 1bn Saudi riyals into textiles market during hajj

Friday, 18 October 2013

The Chairman of the ready-made Clothes and Textiles Committee in Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) Muhammad Al-Shehri has estimated the volume of pilgrims’ spending during the current hajj season to purchase clothes and fabrics at over 1 billion Saudi riyals. This was injected in the clothes market in Saudi Arabia, the volume of whose investments are estimated at SR10 billion. Al-Shehri said the pilgrims will spend about SR1 billion during the Tashreeq days in Makkah, ...

Saudi anti-drug authority takes quitters on hajj tour

Thursday, 17 October 2013

More than 100 former drug addicts in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries were invited to perform the Muslim hajj pilgrimage this year as part of a rehabilitation campaign by the kingdom’s anti-drug authority. Many of the pilgrims quit drugs four to six months earlier and underwent psychological treatment provided by Saudi Arabia’s anti-narcotics directorate, said the authority’s Director General Major Gen. Othman Nasser al-Mehrej. The treatment often includes religious tours ...

Pilgrims start leaving Saudi Arabia after hajj

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Some 1.4 million Muslim pilgrims who came from 188 countries started leaving Saudi Arabia on Thursday at the end of this year’s largely incident-free hajj. Although the hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam, comes to a close officially on Friday, pilgrims are allowed to leave a day early after taking part in the stoning of the devil ritual. Pilgrims woke up early on Thursday and began stoning three huge concrete structures in Mina representing Satan straight after sunrise, in accordance ...

Saudi Arabia praised by World Health Organization for hajj health services

Thursday, 17 October 2013

The World Health Organization (WHO) has praised Saudi Arabia’s efforts in combating Corona virus during the hajj season, lauding the Kingdom’s provision of healthcare services for pilgrims in hajj this year. On its website, WHO said that the Kingdom faces great organizational challenges to provide medical services to more than two million pilgrims. It stated that hajj rituals go back to the seventh century and that as a result, the Kingdom has accumulated centuries of experience. ...

Help is at hand: Thousands of volunteers provide services to hajj pilgrims

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Islam is a religion which considers serving people as an act of worship. The Prophet (peace be upon him) has said that those who are keen to alleviate the suffering of people are very dear to Allah. It is needless to speak of the rewards for serving the guests of God. There are thousands of volunteers on hand to help to hajj pilgrims at the holy sites of Mina and Arafat during the first four days of hajj. This time, the presence of a large number of women and children was especially noticeable. ...

Hajj 2013: Syrian pilgrims pray for an end to deadly violence

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

During the annual hajj pilgrimage this week, an Al Arabiya crew covering the journey across the Saudi holy sites encountered six Syrian pilgrims in the desert valley of Mina who had traveled from their cities of Homs, Raqqa and Damascus. They prayed that the violence in their homeland, which has reportedly claimed the lives of more than 115,000 people since March 2011, would come to an end. One pilgrim from Homs was unable to control his emotions when he was reminded of his mother. He told Al ...

Saudi barbers take a turn at pilgrims’ hair

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

New barber shops have sprung up near the “Jamarat” walls in Mina, where pilgrims shave off or trim their hairs after throwing pebbles at walls symbolizing Satan. Most barber shops are owned and run by young Saudis who have been trained in shaving. The prices range between 30 Saudi Riyals ($8) for the complete shaving off of the hair and 15 Saudi Riyals ($4) for shortening it. The young Saudi barbers expressed happiness to be serving the pilgrims, enabling them to complete their hajj ...

Muslim pilgrims stone the devil for a second day as hajj nears end

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Muslim pilgrims continue to perform the “stoning of the devil” ritual on Wednesday. Pilgrims will stay in the desert valley of Mina over the coming days, called Tashreeq, as hajj nears to end. After Muslims marked on Tuesday the holiday of Eid al-Adha, pilgrims now spend the Tashreeq days, which mark the 11th, 12th and 13th of Dhul Hijjah, in Mina near the holy city of Makkah in modern day Saudi Arabia. During the ritual, pilgrims throw stones at three designated sites representing ...

Nearly two million pilgrims perform hajj

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Saudi Arabia said Tuesday that around 1.98 million pilgrims are performing this year's annual Muslim pilgrimage, the hajj, sharply fewer than last year due to reduced quotas. The Public Statistics Department said in a statement cited by the official SPA agency that 1.38 million pilgrims came from overseas, down 21 percent on last year's 1.75 million. Another 600,700 pilgrims came from within the kingdom, a drop of 57 percent from 1.4 million in 2012. Most of them are expatriates living in the ...

Muslim pilgrims perform devil-stoning ritual as hajj nears end

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

As this year’s hajj pilgrimage nears to an end, some 1.2 million Muslim pilgrims on Tuesday began the symbolic rite of stoning the devil. The pilgrims headed to desert valley of Mina, near the Saudi holy city of Makkah, were they used previously collected pebbles to stone a series of three pillars representing the devil. Women and elderly pilgrims can delegate this responsibility to a male in their party. “This partly signifies stoning away the enemy is sometimes inherent in all of ...

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