A group of Muslim pilgrims are shown moving on the double in this video taken by Arab News reader Noman Danish Alvi at the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Makkah on June 25, 2015.
A local charity and supermarket chain distributed food coupons to several widows, families of prisoners and orphans during the holy month of Ramadan.
There are usually many iftar parties hosted by expatriates during Ramadan, but some believe these gatherings have lost their religious significance and are only used for self-promotion and entertainme
Authorities at Makkah and Madinah have reported a lower-than-expected turnout of worshippers who have registered for “itikaf” (total seclusion) at the Grand Mosque and Prophet’s Mosque.
The cost of Umrah packages are soaring during the latter part of Ramadan, whether for basic transportation and lodging or for high-end, five-star luxury hotels.
Two large mosques in the capital have made extensive arrangements for Muslims who would like to perform “itikaf” (meditative seclusion) during the last 10 of the holy month of Ramadan.
“I will really miss drinking sobia now that Ramadan is coming to an end.”
Civil Defense forces have been mobilized to implement the general emergency response plan since the beginning of Ramadan to deal with the influx of pilgrims and visitors to the Grand Mosque in Makkah,
Public and private sector workers have called on the government to review working hours for Muslims in Ramadan to improve productivity, including looking at evening shifts.
“There is a significant difference between how we receive Ramadan today and how we used to welcome Ramadan in the past, particularly as the advanced technology we enjoy today has tremendously weakened
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