Mecca hotels fully booked for last 10 days of Ramadan

Monday, 21 May 2018

Hotels in the central area around the Grand Mosque in Mecca are fully booked for the last 10 days of Ramadan, according to industry sources.Out of 162,000 rooms in hotels in the central area, 155,000 have been booked with advance payment, the sources said.Riza Shalabi, director of reservations and marketing in a central area hotel, said that all 810 rooms in his hotels are fully booked.He said the rate per room for the first 10 days of the fasting month was between SR1,950-SR2,500 including the ...

Mobile crane collapses in Mecca, driver sustains minor injuries

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Officials from Mecca confirmed to local media that a mobile crane collapsed on Sunday in an area that was designated for construction works and not for worshippers. A tweet from Al Ekhbariya television channel quoting Mecca officials said no injuries of worshippers were reported except for the driver of the crane who sustained minor injuries. Photos of the mobile crane showed it had collapsed in a designated area under construction and not a public one.

Saudi high-speed rail line to start operating in September

Thursday, 17 May 2018

A high-speed railway linking Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia, which has been plagued by delays, will finally start operating in September, the Spanish consortium building the project said Thursday. The railway linking Islam's holiest cities, which was initially scheduled to open at the end of 2016, had a cost overrun of 210 million euros which Saudi Arabia has agreed to pay, the Al-Shoula consortium added in a statement. It will begin operating in September with four trains per week, before ...

Photos: Worshippers pour into Grand Mosque for first Ramadan Taraweeh prayers

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Masses of worshippers performed the first Taraweeh prayers at the Grand Mosque on the first night of the holy month of Ramadan this year in an atmosphere of faith.Saudi government agencies mobilized all their efforts to provide many services to facilitate the worshippers’ prayers.Security forces ensured the facilitation of the entry of the masses into the Grand Mosque, while organizing the crowds in the squares surrounding the mosque and those performing tawaaf around the Kaaba.The general ...

The stubborn jurist and the fate of extremists

Monday, 26 March 2018

In the Spring of 1991, several angry youth gathered around sheikh Mohammed Bin Saleh al-Athemein following the Asr (afternoon) prayer. The sheikh agreed to meet the persistent guests in a mosque room. Three of the guests had previously set a police chief’s car ablaze because it was “secular” according to them, and set a video rental shop on fire in two different cities. They did not need a fatwa from Bin Athemein to carry out their deeds, but they required one for recruiting ...

Mansour Alnogaidan

IN PICTURES: Indonesian couple bike their way to Mecca in yearlong trip

Saturday, 17 February 2018

While Muslims from around the world make the pilgrimage to Makkah as a demonstration of their submission to the will of God, most of them get there by air in view of the long distance to travel. Some put out to sea while a lot many others, especially those from neighboring countries, travel overland in cars and buses to reach the holiest place on earth for the journey of a lifetime. However, Hakam Mabruri and his wife Rofingatul Islamiah, both 35, share a passion for adventure. The Indonesian ...

Council of Pakistani Scholars condemns Iran's demand to internationalize Hajj

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Sheikh Tahir al-Ashrafi, the head of the Council of Pakistani Scholars, confirmed that Iran’s latest demand for the internationalization of the Muslim hajj pilgrimage is a resentful attack on Saudi Arabia. He added that their attempts will not work as the kingdom, under the leadership of King Salman bin Abdulaziz, works tirelessly for their holy sites, shown more recently with the new developments and construction that aims to facilitate pilgrimage for the millions of annual visitors. King ...

How the rapid pace of life calls for renewed change

Thursday, 8 February 2018

It’s said that a man once headed to Mecca to perform pilgrimage, and he violated some details so he called a sheikh he knows for a fatwa (religious edict). He demanded a strict fatwa that asserts it will redeem his violations. After insisting that the sheikh issues a suitable fatwa, the sheikh finally mockingly told him to slay 10 camels and to personally distribute their meat in the mountains around the Great Mosque at night. This story reflects the tendency to adopt extremist approaches ...

Fahad Suleiman Shoqiran

Why Bangladeshi pilgrims get charged double during Hajj?

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Most airline companies around the world usually raise fares during the Hajj season for travel to Mecca, Medina, or Jeddah, but rarely is the fare more than doubled. Bangladeshi Hajj pilgrims face exorbitant expenses. Last year, 1,27,178 Bangladeshi pilgrims traveled to Saudi Arabia to perform the hajj. The government will announce this year’s hajj package next week. Plane fare will be one of the major components in the list of anticipated expenses. The regular cost of Dhaka-Jeddah-Dhaka ...

How social media helps female pilgrims document their spiritual journey in Saudi Arabia

Monday, 29 January 2018

Pilgrims in Madinah on Monday were documenting the spiritual atmosphere and experience using their cellphones in the square of the Prophet’s Mosque and the historical monuments surrounding it after completing their Umrah, SPA reported.One of the Egyptian pilgrims, Samira Hanoumah, said “I always make sure that I involve my family and friends in Egypt on my trip in the Holy land, where I document everything since arriving at the Great Mosque until reaching Madinah through videos and ...

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