Tamil Nadu requests Centre to increase Hajj pilgrims quota

Tamil Nadu government on on Sunday requested the Centre to increase its quota of Hajj pilgrims for this year and sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intervention in this regard.

Sacked Bangladesh minister faces arrest for Hajj criticism

A Bangladesh court ordered the arrest Wednesday of a former minister who was dismissed last week after Islamists staged nationwide protests calling for his prosecution over remarks criticising the annual Muslim Hajj pilgrimage.

Indian carried father on his shoulders to Haj pilgrimage

An Indian man carried his 80-year-old father on his shoulders throughout the Haj rituals instead of using a wheelchair because he found it better and comfortable, a news report has revealed.

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.

Two million Muslims stone 'devil' at Haj, feast begins

Two million Muslims, including Indians, ritually stoned the devil on Saturday in the last major ritual of this year's Haj in Saudi Arabia, while fellow believers around the world celebrated Eid al-Adha.

Obama greets Muslims on the occasion of Eid al-Adha

US President Barack Obama on Saturday sent best wishes to Muslims around the world, who are celebrating Eid al-Adha and those performing the Hajj pilgrimage this year.

Muslim pilgrims in mass movement as hajj begins

Muslim pilgrims from around the world were arriving late Thursday at Mount Arafat in western Saudi Arabia for the annual hajj pilgrimage, the spiritual peak of their lives.

Muslim pilgrims in mass movement as hajj begins

 Hundreds of thousands of Muslim pilgrims began a mass movement out of the holy city of Mecca towards the nearby Mina Valley in Saudi Arabia on Thursday, beginning the hajj.

Asian countries should stay vigilant against MERS: WHO

Asian countries should keep their guard against the deadly Middle East respiratory virus, although in its current form it appears less infectious than originally thought, a World Health Organization expert said Thursday.

Two million Muslim pilgrims begin annual hajj

Some two million Muslims poured out of the holy city of Mecca Sunday to begin the annual hajj, their numbers reduced on fears of the MERS virus.

80-yr-old Saudi cleric performs 60 Hajjs

An 80-year-old Saudi cleric has performed the annual Hajj pilgrimage to holy city of Mecca 60 times, an act that could enlist his name in the Guinness World Record book for performing the most number of Hajjs.

Saudi confirms new MERS deaths ahead of hajj

Two Saudis have died in Riyadh after they contracted the MERS virus, health authorities announced Thursday, as the kingdom prepares to host some two million Muslim pilgrims for the annual hajj.

Last batch of devout leaves from IGIA for Haj

Over 20,000 pilgrims headed for the annual Haj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia flew out of Indira Gandhi International airport this year, with the last batch leaving for Medina on Thursday.

Saudi pilgrims slashed by half for Hajj

Saudi Arabia announced in June a decision to reduce the number of foreign pilgrims by 20 percent and domestic pilgrims by 50 percent this year.

Virus fears, Mecca work downsizes Saudi hajj pilgrimage

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.

7120 pilgrims from J&K to perform Hajj: Minister

A total of 7120 pilgrims from Jammu and Kashmir will perform the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia later this year, Haj and Auqaf Minister Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed said on Saturday.

Ahamed to lead Indian Hajj goodwill delegation

Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahamed will tomorrow leave for Saudi Arabia leading an Indian Haj goodwill delegation.

Kerala Haj pilgrims leave for Saudi Arabia

The 300 pilgrims were seen off by Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahamed from the airport.

Pilgrims perform final Hajj rituals

Nearly three million
Muslim pilgrims were performing the final rituals of the Hajj
on Tuesday.

Hajj pilgrims stone Satan in Mina

The ritual commemorates Prophet Abraham`s stoning of the devil.