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.

2,080 lashes for Saudi man who raped daughter

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.

Over 2 million pilgrims to conclude Hajj; Eid tomorrow

A sea of pilgrims converged on
the vast plains of Arafat in Saudi Arabia for the final day of
the annual Hajj.

Haj special flight departure deferred by 2 hours

The flight, scheduled to depart at 3.20 pm will leave for Mecca at 5.20 pm.

SRK’s latest film on Haj pilgrimage

Reportedly, KJo has bought the rights of a National Award winning Malayalam film `Adaminde Makan Abu` at a cost of Rs 25 lakhs. The original story is about an old Mulsim couple, their plans to go on a pilgrimage to Haj and their dilemma.

First batch of J-K Hajj pilgrims returns home

The first batch of over 250
Hajj pilgrims from Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday returned home after performing the 45-day annual pilgrimage in holy cities of
Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.

New Mecca Metro ready to shuttle Hajj pilgrims

The Mashair Railway, also known as Mecca Metro, rolls out to serve pilgrims beginning the annual Hajj rituals near the Muslim holy city.

Muslim pilgrims pour into camp as Hajj begins

The world`s largest annual pilgrimage, the Hajj, began with thousands of Muslims pouring into the camp of Mina from Mecca to prepare for solemn rituals.

World`s largest clock to tick in Mecca soon

The world`s largest clock will soon start ticking atop a soaring skyscraper in Islam`s holiest city of Mecca, according to a report on Tuesday.

CBI seeks Gupta`s custody in Mecca masjid blast case

After getting custody of Devender
Gupta, an accused in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case, CBI
today filed a petition before a local court seeking custodial
interrogation of another accused Lokesh Sharma.