Haj

Over 2 million Muslims complete Haj pilgrimage

Over two million Muslims, including about 1.5 lakh Indians, completed Haj on Tuesday as Saudi authorities described this year's pilgrimage as the most successful ever and incident-free.

Extremism 'perverse' and must be eliminated: Saudi king

Religious extremism is a perversion which must be eradicated, Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah said on Sunday, with his air force engaged in a US-led campaign against jihadist militants in Syria.

Snap! Hajj selfies gain popularity, spark controversy

Raising his arm, Yousef Ali hugs his elderly father in front of one of Islam's holiest sites as they grin for a selfie -- a craze that has hit this year's hajj.

Pilgrims renounce evil, sacrifice animals as Haj nears end

Tens of thousands of Muslims, including Indians, ritually stoned the devil in Mina Valley for the second day on Sunday and sacrificed animals to mark the culmination of the annual Haj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

Over 2 mn Muslims throng Mount Arafat as Haj reaches climax

Over 2 million pilgrims, including about 1.5 lakh Indians, thronged Mount Arafat and its surrounding plain today for the high point of Haj as Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti voiced Islam's unequivocal position against extremism and terrorism.

Over 2 mn Muslims throng Mount Arafat as Haj reaches climax

Over 2 million pilgrims, including about 1.5 lakh Indians, thronged Mount Arafat and its surrounding plain today for the high point of Haj as Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti voiced Islam's unequivocal position against extremism and terrorism.

Over 2 mn Muslims, including 1.3 lakh Indians, begin Haj tomorrow

 Over two million Muslims, including 136,000 Indians, will begin Haj when they assemble in the valley of Mina as Saudi authorities said preparations have been completed for the world's largest annual gathering after the city underwent a multi-billion overhaul.

Two Indian centenarians to perform Haj this year

A 109-year-old Indian man is among the two centenarians from the country in Saudi Arabia, who will perform Haj this year.

Saudi Arabia to host over 1.4 million Hajis from abroad

Over 1.4 million foreign pilgrims, about one-fourth of whom are from the Indian sub-continent, will perform Haj this year, Saudi Arabia's Haj Minister said on Tuesday ahead of the world's largest annual gathering.

Over 1.36 lakh Indian pilgrims reach Saudi Arabia for Haj

All the 1,36,020 Indian pilgrims, who will perform Haj this year, have reached Saudi Arabia, officials said on Tuesday.

Muslim pilgrims throng Mecca for Haj

Ahead of Haj, hundreds of thousands of Muslims, including many elderly on wheelchairs, on Monday thronged the Grand Mosque here, with pilgrims circumambulating the Kaaba and chanting praises to God in unison.

All arrangements in place for 1.36 lakh Indian Haj pilgrims

With 1,36,000 Indian pilgrims set to perform Haj this year, India on Monday said all preparations have been completed to ensure that the faithfuls perform a hassle-free pilgrimage.

Indian consulate launches app to guide Haj pilgrims

A free smartphone application launched this year by the Indian mission here that guides Indian Haj pilgrims to their accommodations has become a huge hit with even the Saudi government looking at ways to adopt the novel app.

Two BJP leaders to represent India at Haj pilgrimage

Two senior BJP politicians will represent India at this year's Haj where over 1.3 lakh Indian pilgrims are scheduled to take part.

Over 3,200 pilgrims will go for Haj from Madhya Pradesh this year

As many as 13 special flights will carry 3,250 pilgrims from Madhya Pradesh for annual Haj pilgrimage to Mecca.

Haj pilgrims from J&K to be flown to Saudi Arabia from Sep 20

Haj pilgrims from Jammu and Kashmir, who could not go for pilgrimage after flights were suspended on September 5 in view of devastating floods in the state, will be flown to Saudi Arabia from September 20.

Haj flights from J&K postponed due to flash floods

Jammu and Kashmir government on Thursday postponed Haj flights for three days in view of incessant rains and flash floods in the state.

First batch of Haj pilgrims from J&K leaves for Medina

The first batch of 270 Haj pilgrims from Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday left for Saudi Arabia in a direct flight from here.

Flight carrying Haj pilgrims to leave Aug 27

The first flight carrying Haj pilgrims will leave for Saudi Arabia Aug 27 from an airport in Lucknow, officials said Saturday.

Indian Haj pilgrims to go hi-tech this year

More than 136,000 Indian Haj pilgrims coming to Saudi Arabia this year will be benefited by several high-tech apps, including Google Maps, to facilitate hassle-free pilgrimage.