External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has directed all Indian missions in the countries where significant number of nationals were in jail to provide updated information for further action.
King Abdullah appointed one of his sons today as the new governor of Mecca, a prestigious and influential position that includes oversight of Islam`s holiest shrine, the state media reported.
Singer-musician Ehsaan Noorani has embarked on a religious journey to Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.
Some 1.4 million Muslim pilgrims from 188 countries started to leave Saudi Arabia on Thursday at the end of what authorities hailed as a successful and incident-free Haj.
Hundreds of thousands of Muslim pilgrims performed the ritual stoning of the Devil on Wednesday as the annual Haj season drew to a close with no significant tragedies reported by Saudi authorities who were determined to ensure a safe pilgrimage.
Barkatullah from Chennai had come with his wife Badarunnisa to Mecca for Haj, but were separated on the first day of the pilgrimage.
Saudi Arabia has so far recorded no cases of the deadly MERS coronavirus among pilgrims in the holy city of Mecca for the annual haj season, the Ministry of Health said on Saturday.
Fears of an outbreak of the deadly MERS virus in Saudi Arabia and construction in the holy city of Mecca have forced cuts in the numbers of pilgrims permitted to perform this year`s hajj.
Saudi Arabia has slashed the number of Hajj pilgrims, including from India, by 20% citing massive ongoing construction work aimed at expanding grand Mecca mosque as a reason behind the decision.
The Prophet was born in 570 AD in Mecca (Saudi Arabia) and breathed his last in 632 AD at the age of 62, leaving a profound impression of his teachings on the world.
Veteran star Dilip Kumar, 90, has left for Mecca pilgrimage with his wife Saira Banu and few other relatives.
Bosnian Muslim Senad Hadzic`s spiritual journey to perform the Haj took him 10 months as walked 5,650 km before reaching Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
Haj is one of the five pillars of Islam and every able bodied Muslim who can afford to travel to Mecca is expected to perform the pilgrimage at least once in his or her lifetime.
More than 70,000 pilgrims have been denied entry to Mecca for not having pilgrimage licenses, while 73 vehicles carrying them have been confiscated.
Five firefighting teams and three rescue teams joined in the fight against the blaze and doused it hours later, the Saudi News Agency quoted a security official as saying.
The last Haj flight with 65 pilgrims from the city left late last night for the holy city of Mecca via Bangalore from the Raja Bhoj International Airport here.
Kerala expressed disappointment over the Centre rejecting its request for raising the state`s Haj quota by determining the number of pilgrims.
The court in the holy city of Mecca found the man guilty of raping his teenage daughter for seven years while under the influence of drugs.
A sea of pilgrims converged on
the vast plains of Arafat in Saudi Arabia for the final day of
the annual Hajj.
The flight, scheduled to depart at 3.20 pm will leave for Mecca at 5.20 pm.
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