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For illegal pilgrims in Mecca, God's blessings transcend secular law

Fear of getting caught is not enough to deter Abu Ahmed and up to 200,000 other illegal pilgrims from attending this year`s haj in Mecca, despite a clampdown by the Saudi authorities aimed at preventing deadly overcrowding.

Almost 1.5 million Muslims begin hajj

Almost 1.5 million Muslims begin hajj

The numbers are down because of the absence of tens of thousands of Iranians over tensions between their Shiite nation and the Sunni-dominated Gulf kingdom.

Annual five-day Haj pilgrimage begins today

The annual five-day Haj pilgrimage begins on Saturday.

Hajj pilgrims get ID bracelets after deadly stampede

Saudi Arabia has begun issuing hajj pilgrims with identification bracelets one year after a stampede killed around 2,300 people.

'Evil' Saudi royals don't deserve to manage holy sites: Khamenei

'Evil' Saudi royals don't deserve to manage holy sites: Khamenei

Saudi Arabia`s top religious authority accused Iran`s leaders of not being Muslims, drawing a rebuke from Tehran in an unusually harsh exchange between the regional rivals over the running of the annual haj pilgrimage.

Philippines stops issuing haj passports to Muslim pilgrims

Philippines stops issuing haj passports to Muslim pilgrims

The Philippines has stopped issuing haj passports for Muslim pilgrims after detention of over 170 Indonesians with fake documents using Manila as a transit to Saudi Arabia.

Eighteen injured in Mecca stampede: Saudi media

Eighteen injured in Mecca stampede: Saudi media

The hajj and umra pilgrimages bring millions of Muslims to the holy places in Saudi Arabia every year.

Ramazan Miracle! Blind man regains sight post offering namaz at Mecca—Watch viral video

Ramazan Miracle! Blind man regains sight post offering namaz at Mecca—Watch viral video

The holy month of Ramazan or Ramadan is a period when Muslims across the globe fast for 30 long days and pray to the lord with utmost faith.

Iran says to miss hajj, Saudi 'blocking path to Allah'

Iran said today its pilgrims will miss the pilgrimage this year because Saudi Arabia, custodian of Islam's holiest sites, was raising obstacles and "blocking the path to Allah" for its faithful.

Four dead in Saudi raid on `terror` cell near Mecca: Ministry

 Saudi police shot dead two suspected militants and two others blew themselves up during a raid near the holy city of Mecca on Thursday, the interior ministry said.

Downpour kills more than 40 in Saudi Arabia, Yemen

Heavy storms have claimed the lives of at least 42 people over the past week in Saudi Arabia and Yemen, officials in the two neighbouring states said on Thursday.

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Historic: For the first time in history a woman wins seat in Saudi polls

Historic: For the first time in history a woman wins seat in Saudi polls

A Saudi woman won a seat on Mecca`s municipal council in ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia's first-ever elections open to female voters and candidates, the country's election commission announced on Sunday.

How Malcom X urged Americans to convert to Islam

The letter which was written by Malcolm after he paid a visit to Mecca in 1964, was found in a storage locker.

Saudi Arabia hajj disaster death toll at least 2,110

The crush and stampede that struck the hajj last month in Saudi Arabia killed at least 2,110 pilgrims.

Saudi king reaffirms commitment to hajj after Iran criticism

Saudi Arabia's King Salman said on Monday that "irresponsible comments" and criticism of the kingdom's management of the hajj will not affect his country's oversight of the annual Islamic pilgrimage.

Foreign toll figures show Hajj tragedy deadliest in history

The death toll from September's stampede at the Hajj has risen to at least 1,608, according to tallies given by foreign officials, making it the deadliest incident in the pilgrimage's history.

Prince says Saudi will stay in charge of hajj

Saudi Prince Turki al-Faisal on Sunday rejected the idea of sharing the administration of the annual hajj pilgrimage with other Muslim nations, saying Riyadh considers it "a matter of sovereignty" and a "privilege."

Hajj stampede: Death toll of Indians rises to 114

The death toll of Indians in the Hajj stampede has risen to 114 even as 10 nationals still remain missing after the last month's horrific tragedy, one of the worst to hit the annual pilgrimage.

Hajj stampede: Death toll of Indians rises to 101, 32 still missing

Hajj stampede: Death toll of Indians rises to 101, 32 still missing

The toll of Indian pilgrims killed in the stampede near Mecca in Saudi Arabia during Hajj has risen to 101.