Coronavirus surge serious threat to Umrah pilgrims: Experts

 A sudden upsurge in the Coronavirus in Saudi Arabia has put the Umrah pilgrims to Mecca at a high risk of contracting the deadly virus, according to experts.

Three more beheaded under new Saudi king

Saudi Arabia on Tuesday beheaded two more of its citizens and a Pakistani, continuing the strictest punishment under new King Salman.

Third Pakistani beheaded in Saudi Arabia this year

Saudi Arabia on Monday beheaded a convicted Pakistani heroin smuggler, the third person from his country executed for the crime this year.

Saudi Arabia beheads woman in Mecca for 'sexual abuse, murder' of stepdaughter
Saudi Arabia beheads woman in Mecca for 'sexual abuse, murder' of stepdaughter

In what could send chills down one's spine, a Burmese woman, who resided in Saudi Arabia, was publicly beheaded in Islam’s holy city of Mecca on allegations that she had killed her step daughter, reports stated on Saturday.

Over 2 million Muslims complete Haj pilgrimage

Over two million Muslims, including about 1.5 lakh Indians, completed Haj on Tuesday as Saudi authorities described this year's pilgrimage as the most successful ever and incident-free.

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.

Pilgrims renounce evil, sacrifice animals as Haj nears end

Tens of thousands of Muslims, including Indians, ritually stoned the devil in Mina Valley for the second day on Sunday and sacrificed animals to mark the culmination of the annual Haj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

Pilgrims arrive in Arafat as Haj pilgrimage reaches climax

Over 2 million Muslims, including about 1.5 lakh Indians, thronged Mount Arafat and its surrounding plain in Saudi Arabia today for the high point of the Haj pilgrimage, with a sea of people from different countries standing together, united by faith.

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.

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.