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 ...

IN PICTURES: The story of a Muslim ritual with roots dating back 5,000 years

Saturday, 6 January 2018

All Muslims know well Safa and Marwa, the two small hills located east of the Grand Mosque at Mecca, and which Muslims travel back and forth between them during Hajj and Umrah. However, many do not know how this became a ritual. The story goes back about 5,000 years, before Islam, when Hajar, the wife of Prophet Ibrahim, stayed in Mecca’s desert with her newborn Ismail. Ibrahim who had accompanied Hajar left her there in compliance with Allah’s orders. Before leaving, Hajar asked ...

WATCH: The tedious valley Prophet Mohammed crossed during his hijrah to Madinah

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Al has been showcasing a series of clips which reflect the valley Prophet Mohammed crossed during his Hijrah from Mecca to Medinah. The video is part of a program aired on Al Arabiya, Aala Khota Al Arab (In the path of Arabs). When standing in the valley, the atmosphere makes it feel as though time has come to an utter stop. Stretching 2720 meters long, the prophet took this tedious route instead of another, known as the Valley of Majah, saving a tiering 6 km journey for cattle and ...

In his first visit to Saudi Arabia King of Rai Cheb Khaled performs Umrah

Friday, 15 December 2017

Algerian artist Cheb Khaled published his pictures performing Umrah with Kuwaiti director Yacoub al-Muhanna during his first visit to the Kingdom.Cheb Khaled arrived in Jeddah to perform  his first concert in Kingdom alongside American rapper Nelly at the King Abdullah City on Thursday.The pictures posted by the king of Rai were viewed by his 20 thousand followers on his Instagram account and attracted many support comments. 

Exclusive interview with director of ‘One Day in the Haram,’ Abrar Hussain

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

British director Abrar Hussain came up with a unique scope to film Kaaba, the muslim holy haram in Saudi Arabia, in his project ‘One Day in the Haram’. Hussain spoke to Al Arabiya at Dubai International Film Festival this week about the process of filming and the cooperation he received from Saudi authorities as well as his own upcoming projects. It took the production team almost two years to wrap up the film between getting approvals filming and editing. The film generated a lot of ...

Rare picture shows the Kaaba without its ‘kiswah’ covering

Sunday, 10 December 2017

In 1940, a rare picture of the Kaaba’s red brick exterior was taken before it was adorned with its kiswah. This cover, also known as the kiswah, cost 22 million Riyals and took 10 months of hard labor to construct. The kiswah is made in Saudi Arabia using pure silk that weighs about 670 kilograms, 10 kilograms of which are silver-plated pure gold silk string-like wires. These wires form the manuscript verses on the cladding’s belt. The kiswah is made up of 47 rolls, each with a ...

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