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Explaining the Muslim pilgrimage of hajj - The Conversation US

Around 1.7 million Muslims have gathered this year in the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia for the annual pilgrimage – the hajj. The five-day pilgrimage is a once-in-a-lifetime obligation for all Muslims who have the physical and financial ability to ...and more »

Two million Muslim pilgrims descend on Mecca for hajj - Irish Times

Nearly two million pilgrims on Wednesday celebrate the joyous feast that is the culmination of the annual hajj, although more than a dozen of their number have died from heart attacks while performing this year's sacred journey. Ibu Mariah Marghani ...and more »

Donald Trump's policies worry Muslims at Hajj -

American, Canadian and British pilgrims in Mecca this week for the annual Hajj say they are worried about the policies of US President Donald Trump targeting Muslims. "People are irritated, angry, sombre, a little bit worried," said Yasir Qadhi, an ...and more »

A Look At Mecca, Islam's Holiest Site, At The Height Of The Hajj Pilgrimage - HuffPost

The annual Hajj pilgrimage is one of the world's largest religious gatherings, as some 2 million people flock to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to participate in one of Islam's five pillars of faith. Every year, the pilgrimage roughly doubles the number of ...and more »

Two million Muslims gather near Mecca for Hajj -

Around two million Muslims are gathering near Saudi Arabia's Mecca for the peak day of the annual Hajj pilgrimage. From dawn to dusk on Thursday, the crowd will visit Mount Arafat to spend the day in supplication and contemplation. Muslims believe ...and more »

Pilgrims throng Mount Arafat for peak of Hajj - Arab News

MOUNT ARAFAT: Over two million pilgrims, from all corners of the world, converged on the plains of Arafat on Thursday to perform the most important ritual of Hajj — Wuqoof Al-Arafah. Chanting “Labbaik Allahumma Labbaik” (Here I am O Lord, answering ...and more »

Hopes fade for Qatar residents to perform Hajj -

Doha, Qatar - For the last 35 years, Mohammed Shafiq, a Qatari resident from Pakistan, has been working hard to finance his once-in-a-lifetime trip to Mecca. But his dream of performing the Hajj this year is fading fast. In June, Saudi Arabia, which ...and more »

Millions gather in Arafat for Hajj climax - Arab News

ARAFAT: Millions of Hajj pilgrims from across the globe gathered on the plains of Arafat, on the outskirts of Makkah, on Thursday for the high point of this year's pilgrimage. Dressed in white, pilgrims began arriving from Mina on Wednesday night and ...and more »

Who's invited to Hajj? How Islam's holiest pilgrimage took on a political edge - The Independent

Approximately two million Muslims have gathered in the Saudi Arabian city of Mecca for the culmination of the annual Hajj pilgrimage - but the make up of foreign visitors this year has changed, reflecting the tumultuous political relationships in the ...and more »

Iran hajj pilgrims torn between joy, bitter memories - Kuwait Times

MECCA: Reza from Iran is torn between the joy of taking part in this year's annual hajj pilgrimage to Islam's holiest sites and bitter memories of the 2015 stampede that killed hundreds of his compatriots. Iranian pilgrims stayed away from the 2016 ...and more »