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.

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.

Hajj pilgrims denounce IS `virus` but doubt US-led war

As they gather in Saudi Arabia`s holy city of Mecca for the annual hajj, some pilgrims have denounced atrocities by Islamic State group jihadists as "a virus" threatening the world.

But many also expressed concerns about the US-led air war against them.

Sushma Swaraj seeks info on Indians jailed abroad for action

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.

Saudi king appoints son as new Mecca governor

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.

Ehsaan Noorani off to Mecca

Singer-musician Ehsaan Noorani has embarked on a religious journey to Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.

Pilgrims head out of Saudi after Haj `success`

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.

Pilgrims perform ritual Devil stoning as Haj draws to a close

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.

‘Dead’ Indian Haj pilgrim found alive

Barkatullah from Chennai had come with his wife Badarunnisa to Mecca for Haj, but were separated on the first day of the pilgrimage.

No cases of MERS virus among haj pilgrims so far: Saudi Health Ministry

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.

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.

Saudi Arabia slashes number of Haj pilgrims by 20%

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.

Stage set for Prophet Mohammed’s birthday celebrat

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.

Dilip Kumar leaves for Mecca pilgrimage with wife Saira Banu

Veteran star Dilip Kumar, 90, has left for Mecca pilgrimage with his wife Saira Banu and few other relatives.

Bosnian walks over 5,500 km on pilgrimage to Mecca

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 pilgrims stone the Satan, pray for forgiveness

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.

Over 70,000 illegal pilgrims denied entry to Mecca

More than 70,000 pilgrims have been denied entry to Mecca for not having pilgrimage licenses, while 73 vehicles carrying them have been confiscated.

13 pilgrims injured in Mecca building fire

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.

Haj pilgrims from Bhopal leave for Mecca

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 regrets refusal of plea for more Haj quota

Kerala expressed disappointment over the Centre rejecting its request for raising the state`s Haj quota by determining the number of pilgrims.