MAKKAH: Close to 1.4 million foreign pilgrims have arrived in Makkah for the annual Haj, which all physically and financially able Muslims are required to perform once in their life.
More than two million pilgrims have begun marching to Mina on the first leg of their journey of a lifetime.
A French pilgrim who recently converted to Islam and drove 7,000 km in his car with his wife to perform Umrah is now in Makkah as the guest of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah for Haj.<
MAKKAH: As a child, Osama Al-Bar would walk from his home past Islam's holiest site, the Kaaba, to the market of spice and fabric merchants where his father owned a store.
Muslims heading out to buy animals to sacrifice on Eid Al-Adha should be wary of unscrupulous dealers selling them sick and underweight livestock.
A Filipino worker in Riyadh who was born to a Saudi father recently embraced Islam at the Dawa Center in Batha.
They can be seen video recording themselves walking around the Kaaba, kissing the black stone, perched close to the mount of Safa or Marwa, or standing near the green dome of the Prophet’s mosque.
Every year millions of Muslim faithful from different parts of the world assemble in Makkah and other holy sites for Haj, the fifth pillar of Islam, in a unique expression of Islamic unity and brother
MAKKAH: Their backs hunched, elderly pilgrims lean on walking sticks as others in wheelchairs nudge their way into Makkah’s Grand Mosque where scores of people are encircling the holy Kaaba.
Scores of pilgrims from diverse backgrounds are preparing for the approaching journey of Haj this year from different parts of the world.
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