Haj

Sons of Indian haj victims desperate to know how parents perished

 Firojsha Aiyubsha and his two brothers only found out that their parents had died in last week`s stampede during the haj in Saudi Arabia when a boy from their village deep in western India spotted the names on the Internet.

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'Four Indians killed in Hajj stampede in Saudi Arabia'

'Four Indians killed in Hajj stampede in Saudi Arabia'

At least 717 people, including four Indians, were killed and over 860 injured in a stampede on Thursday during Haj here, in the second worst ever tragedy to hit the annual pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

Stampede at Mecca: MEA issues helpline numbers for Indian nationals

In an effort to reach out to Indians in Haj at Mina where stampede claimed over 300 lives, Ministry of External Affairs has released a few emergency numbers.

Muslim pilgrims gather pebbles for last major hajj rite

A sea of Muslim pilgrims moved on Wednesday towards the holy site of Muzdalifah in Saudi Arabia, where they gather pebbles for the last major rite of this year`s hajj.

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No political propaganda during Haj: Saudi Crown Prince

Saudi Arabia will not allow any political propaganda during this year's Haj and those trying to violate the pilgrimage's sanctity will be arrested, the crown prince has said apparently referring to attempts to use Islam's holiest site to highlight the situation in strife-torn Syria and Yemen.

First flight from Bhopal carrying Haj pilgrims begins today

The first flight from Bhopal to Saudi Arabia for Haj pilgrims will take off from here on Thursday.

Mosque mishap: Last rites of four Indians to be held in Mecca

The last rites of four persons from Hyderabad, who had gone to Haj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia and died in an accident there, would be conducted in Mecca, the Telangana Government said on Monday.

Haj-bound Pakistan captain Azhar Ali keen to play Zimbabwe ODIs

Haj-bound Pakistan captain Azhar Ali keen to play Zimbabwe ODIs

Pakistan one-day captain Azhar Ali, wicketkeeper Sarfaraz Ahmed and batsman Asad Shafiq, who will be performing Haj this year, have decided to take part in the ODI series against Zimbabwe that is set to take place immediately after the annual Muslim pilgrimage.

Mecca crane collapse `act of God`: Engineer

Mecca crane collapse `act of God`: Engineer

 The collapse of a construction crane that killed 107 people at Mecca`s Grand Mosque was "an act of God" and not due to a technical fault, an engineer for the developer said Saturday.

Mecca Grand Mosque crane collapse death toll rises to 107, Haj to go ahead

Mecca Grand Mosque crane collapse death toll rises to 107, Haj to go ahead

Saudi authorities said on Saturday the annual Haj pilgrimage would go ahead despite a crane collapse that killed 107 people at Mecca's Grand Mosque, where crowds returned to pray a day after the disaster.

Haj will go ahead after deadly crane collapse: Saudi official

Haj will go ahead after deadly crane collapse: Saudi official

This year`s haj pilgrimage will go ahead despite a crane collapse which killed more than 100 people at the Grand Mosque of Mecca, a Saudi official told AFP on Saturday.

India issues helpline numbers for Mecca Haj tragedy

India issues helpline numbers for Mecca Haj tragedy

India on Saturday released helpline numbers for the crane crash tragedy in Saudi Arabia's Mecca.

Two Indian Haj pilgrims killed in Mecca Grand Mosque accident

Two Indian Haj pilgrims killed in Mecca Grand Mosque accident

Two Indian Haj pilgrims, one from Kerala and the other from West Bengal, were among the 107 people killed in the crane accident at the Grand Mosque in the Saudi Arabian holy city of Mecca, while 15 Indians are among the injured, officials said on Saturday.

Grand Mosque accident: Nine Indian pilgrims injured, says MEA

Grand Mosque accident: Nine Indian pilgrims injured, says MEA

Ministry of External Affairs said on Friday night that they had received reports of nine Indian pilgrims being injured in in the mishap that happened at Mecca`s Grand Mosque.

Saudi Arabia bans camel slaughter during Haj

The Saudi health ministry has reiterated that the ban on slaughtering camels during Haj would remain in place because of the danger posed by the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus, the media reported on Thursday.

Over 136,000 Indian pilgrims to perform Haj this year

A total number of 136,020 pilgrims are expected to take part in the Haj pilgrimage this year, of whom 100,020 will be participating through the Haj Committee of India and the remaining 36,000 through private tour operators, an official statement said.

Haj flights in MP from Aug 31, 3,000 pilgrims to fly

Nearly 3,000 Haj pilgrims from Madhya Pradesh will start leaving for their journey from August 31.

Haj pilgrims warned against carrying Viagra, sexual creams and porn material

Haj pilgrims warned against carrying Viagra, sexual creams and porn material

As scores of Haj pilgrims set out on their pilgrimage to Mecca, the government of Saudi Arabia has issued a slew of guidelines that include a ban on carrying materials like Viagra, sexual creams, oils and pornographic materials or photographs.